Leave No School Behind: Educational Inequality and the Importance of Protecting Oakland's "Flatlands" Schools From Teacher Layoffs. By Oakland ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) and UCLA/IDEA (Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.) (ACORN, Oakland, California) April 2003. 18 p.
Full Text at: www.acorn.org/acorn10/betterschools/BetterSchoolsReports/lnsb.pdf
["This first report examines the distribution of qualified, experienced teachers between schools located in the "Flatlands" and the rest of the OUSD. The ACORN neighborhood schools total twenty-four, or roughly 1/5th of all OUSD schools. These Flatlands schools serve a substantially higher percentage of low-income students than other schools in OUSD. Some initial estimates, based on telephone surveys to school sites, indicate that over 50% of the teachers in Flatlands schools received layoff notices while in the more affluent "hills" schools the number was only 30%."]