Parents, students rally to keep Oakland elementary school from closing

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OAKLAND (KRON) — In the East Bay, parents at an Oakland elementary school are hoping to save their school from possible closure.

The Oakland Unified School District announced last year that because of falling enrollment, as many as 24 schools could be closed or reorganized.

Tonight the Oakland Unified School District held a board meeting. School closures are not on the agenda, but a group of parents wanted to be proactive about saving their school. At Wednesday’s meeting, parents, teachers and students from Roots International Academy rallied to support their school.

Back in November, the district announced that it may have to close up to 24 schools and reorganize the district in order to balance the books and provide a better education for the remainings students.

The district has said that many schools are under-enrolled and that this year as many as 10,000 seats in 87 schools will sit empty.

Now as part of it’s Community of Schools Policy, the district is developing what it calls a citywide map of the district. It will be an assessment of all the school that will be used to decide how to move forward.

The school district has not yet officially announced which schools will be shutdown or reorganized but parents KRON4 spoke to hope that another solution can be found.

The district has said it will probably receive report from staff in February and discussion will be ongoing throughout the year.

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