The Office of Charter Schools (OCS) authorizes and provides oversight to charter schools in the Oakland Unified School District. This work includes evaluating charter petitions--for both new and renewing schools--as well as monitoring the educational progress and financial standing of schools throughout the year. Additionally, our office strives to be the bridge between the charter school network and OUSD.
Please note that OCS DOES NOT operate any charter schools, meaning we do not manage students' grades, discipline, enrollment/admission or any charter school employees. If you would like to submit a complaint, please visit the Complaints section of our website.
To find out more information about the role of our office and the Charter Schools we authorize, please visit the About Us section.
Response to Grand Jury Report
On June 10, 2016, the Alameda County Grand Jury issued 2015-2016 Grand Jury Final Report – The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Charter Schools. The Grand Jury made four (4) findings and eight (8) recommendations based upon their identified concerns and investigation. Please download OUSD's response to the Grand Jury Report below.
On August 3rd, 2016, the Senate Education Committee held an informational hearing regarding charter school oversight in California. The committee asked panelists, including Silke Bradford, Director of Quality Diverse Providers, to respond to the following question: "Role of Charter School Authorizers: Are there mechanisms in place to ensure sufficient oversight and accountability?" Click here to view a summary of her response*.
* For further analysis of how the participation of classroom-based charter schools in Federal meal programs was calculated, click here.
OUSD Office of Charter Schools 1000 Broadway, 6th Floor, Suite 639 Oakland, CA 94607 Phone: (510) 879-1677 FAX: (510) 879-0020 Contact Us