2 Oakland Schools Vote to Become Charters

Schools will have the option to rejoin the union in two years.

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    Two Oakland elementary schools have decided to become charter schools.

    Two Oakland elementary schools have been given the go-ahead to become independently-run charter schools.

    The Oakland school board voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of converting ASCEND and Learning Without Limits into charter schools.

    The district had objected to the change earlier and it had once projected it would lose more than $800,000 if the schools left.

    But an agreement negotiated in recent weeks requires the two schools to purchase custodial, food and professional development services from the district, reducing the financial impact.

    The two schools are in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood. Under their agreement with the district, they will decide if they want to rejoin the district two years from now.