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A conversation with the new OUSD and SFUSD Superintendents

"Classroom" by CC Flickr User Victor Björkund, resized and recropped


Today was the first day of school for many students, including those in the San Francisco and Oakland Unified School Districts, and both districts have new superintendents.

In San Francisco, it’s Dr. Vincent Matthews. He’s local through and through: grew up attending district schools, went to San Francisco State, taught and served as principal at district elementary schools. After serving as a superintendent in several California districts, he’s come back home.

It’s a similar story for Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Oakland’s new superintendent. She’s a third-generation Oaklander, attended local public schools, and worked with the district for 18 years before this assignment.


But these homegrown leaders have challenges in store. Dr. Johnson-Trammell is the latest in what’s been called “a revolving door of superintendents” in Oakland.The district graduates less than two-thirds of its students, and the district had to cut its budget by more than 20 million dollars for the next fiscal year. Over in San Francisco, the district is in the midst of contract negotiations with teachers who are not even close to being the highest paid in the region, though they work in the most expensive rental market in the world.

Dr. Vincent Matthews and Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell came into KALW to talk with City Visions host Joseph Pace about their new jobs.


KALW is an editorially independent broadcaster licensed by the San Francisco Unified School District.


SFUSD's Vision 2025 can be found here. Transform Learning ... Transform Lives” can be found here. More information on the the down payment assistance program “Landed" can be found at their website. To listen to the full City Visions episode, click here.