Oakland Unified's Hella Hard Week Dealing With School Closures

15 min
Roots International Academy, a middle school in East Oakland, opened its doors in 2006 as part of the school district's small school expansion policy. But after years of declining enrollment and poor academic performance, the district plans to shut the school down at the end of the year.  (Roots International Academy/YouTube)

School closures. Teacher strike. Budget cuts. It hasn’t been a great week for Oakland Unified. The school board voted to close Roots International Academy and will be deciding soon whether to merge two other schools. Plus, teachers – who want more money and better working conditions – are voting by Friday whether to authorize a strike. This week feels like the district’s woes have hit an apex.

Guest: Vanessa Rancaño, KQED education reporter

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