Former Principal to Oakland Supt: Three Budget Asks
April 21, 2017

As states and districts across the country scramble to drag budgets out of the red, some educators and advocates are speaking out about potential next steps and how to make sure this never happens again.

Nima Tahai, director of of educator leadership at GO Public Schools Oakland and a former Oakland principal, shares three budget asks for the incoming superintendent of Oakland Public Schools.

  • Ensure budget transparency: Get clear about how we got here so quickly.
  • Enforce budget discipline and accountability: Create meaningful accountability around the financial decisions that district leaders make.
  • Develop improvement plan: This isn’t the first time this has happened; identify policies and procedures to learn from mistakes.

Tahai writes, “The silver lining in these difficult times is that this experience can be a catalyst for us to become a model financial district. Our incoming superintendent will have a community that is ready to rally around solving this problem and move us forward.”

You can find additional perspectives on the Oakland superintendent search on the Go Public website. While the financial situation in each community is unique, advocates across the country can draw from the strategies and tactics of their colleagues.



Ashley Schmidt

Ashley is PIE Network's Digital Strategy Director

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