A Bay Area Journalist's First-Hand Account Of How Mayor Jerry Brown Screwed Over Oakland On His Way To Sacramento
THE EDUCATION RECORD OF OAKLAND MAYOR JERRY BROWN
"The Bad Shepherd"
"Voters who approved Mr. Brown’s [2000 Measure D] request [to allow the mayor to be able to place three representatives on the Oakland School Board] understandably believed that he would follow through on his promise for 'dramatic public school improvement in Oakland,' expecting that Mr. Brown would spend considerable time and energy in reforming the public school system.
"Instead, Mr. Brown appeared to lose interest in the public school system once Measure D was adopted, focusing instead on trying to get his two charter schools approved. No-one knows the amount of staff hours the City Manager’s office put into the approval process, but it was massive. ... Imagine if Mr. Brown’s office had put as much effort trying to help OUSD get out of state receivership?
"[W]hile Mr. Brown was putting much of his time into his two charter schools, Oakland’s public schools were going into state receivership, with children sometimes vainly trying to learn amidst continuing chaos."
From "The Bad Shepherd" column
A SCARY ANSWER
THE MEASURE D WORRIES
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
CHASING THE WHITE WHALE
OF SCHOOLS AND CELEBRATIONS
NOT THE LAST TANGLE IN OAKLAND
THE BAD SHEPHERD