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Study on Education Organizing and Academic Improvement

Oakland Community Organizations

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2005–December 31, 2006
  • Location Oakland, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Oakland

About this grant

This grant will enable Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) to continue promoting community-driven school reform in Oakland, California. OCO organizes parents, teachers, churches and other institutions to advocate for educational reform and works to ensure the effective implementation of small schools.Multiyear funding will support goals that include creating at least 10 small autonomous schools; changing at least one traditional, large high school into small learning communities or schools; forming at least two school-based organizing committees each year; analyzing financial and teacher quality inequities in the Oakland schools and developing strategies for a fair allocation of resources; developing 500 parent and community leaders; and participating in a New York University study on education organizing.Recent accomplishments included implementing 20 small schools; redesigning two high schools into small schools; supporting eight new charter schools; and developing and securing passage of the small school policy in the Oakland Unified School District.