This report is a deep look into K-12 spending and resource allocation in charter and district-run schools in Oakland, comparing them across three dimensions: student need, resource levels, and resource use.
We analyzed data for the 2014-15 school year from every school run by Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), as well as 32 charter schools, representing 88 percent of all the charter school students in Oakland.
This research was guided by a Citywide Study Steering Committee—a group of Oakland district leaders, charter leaders, and education advocates. This study builds a shared fact base to inform a citywide conversation about how to ensure all students receive an excellent education. We believe that such a report is the first step in helping the many stakeholders in Oakland explore new opportunities and solutions to common challenges.