Strategies to increase revenue still require tradeoffs but could simultaneously strengthen the district’s finances and improve education quality for students:
Increasing revenue may be insufficient; cuts may be unavoidable. We hope that cuts are made in strategic ways that enable long-term viability.
Like everyone else in Oakland, we are dismayed to find OUSD in this precarious position again – despite three consecutive years of per-pupil funding increases providing 28% more in General Fund revenues even with flat enrollment. Yes, the state needs to fund public schools at higher levels – but that’s not an excuse for us to spend beyond our means. We hope that these ideas will contribute to a more comprehensive discussion of options, spark some creativity, and get all hands on deck to explore what it will take to avoid OUSD going back into receivership.