A new proposal that would give more black and Latino students in Oakland access to the city's top public schools is getting support from the district's head of enrollment.
The "opportunity ticket" proposal, raised at Wednesday's school board meeting, would amend enrollment policy to prioritize students currently attending schools that the district plans to close or consolidate, as part of its upcoming cost-saving consolidation plan.
At the meeting, 150 black and Latino parents packed into the room holding giant yellow tickets emblazoned with the word "opportunity."
"These schools have been failing black and brown families for at least 50 years," Lakisha Young, a parent who organized the group, told the board. "So you need to figure it out for real! OK?"
That ticket would allow kids in schools slated for closure to get into any school they want districtwide. And late in the meeting Wednesday, the board decided to officially consider the idea next month.