If You Only Care about “Segregation” in Charter Schools and Not Neighborhood Schools, Please Shut Up

As a Black man, who works hard to support Black children and families, there are a lot of choke on your own vomit moments watching the public school wars.  Neither public school sector serves Black kids well consistently, not the districts and not charters.  We need to acknowledge that and own that truth. But there … Continue reading If You Only Care about “Segregation” in Charter Schools and Not Neighborhood Schools, Please Shut Up


A Bittersweet Victory for Latitude High School in the Latest Round of the Public School Wars

After months of contention and countless hours of back and forth, Oakland has a new school.  The State Board of Education approved Latitude Charter High School on 7/12, which will open this Fall in the Fruitvale.  While Oakland has a too many schools problem it also has an even bigger problem of not having enough … Continue reading A Bittersweet Victory for Latitude High School in the Latest Round of the Public School Wars


How Trying to Silence the School’s First Black Valedictorian Backfired; And Other Lessons for Petty Tyrants

“I’m here as the UPrep 2018 valedictorian to tell you that you couldn’t break me. I’m still here, and I’m still here strong,”—Jaisaan Lovett in his mayoral address when denied a chance to speak at his high school commencement If you are a valedictorian, you earned your speech time, unless your truths make the principal nervous.  … Continue reading How Trying to Silence the School’s First Black Valedictorian Backfired; And Other Lessons for Petty Tyrants


See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Speak No Evil on “Disproportionality”-The Latest Federal Assault on Equity

It is a strange time when reading the latest federal education regulations moves from mundane and boring to painful and soul sucking. Mired in the language of bureaucracy you can see young souls being crushed. We have seen stripping of protection for gender non- conforming youth to even have the right to a relatively safe … Continue reading See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Speak No Evil on “Disproportionality”-The Latest Federal Assault on Equity


Good News on “Willful Defiance” Suspensions in Oakland and What We Need Next

Usually a letter signed by the ACLU to your school or district is not a good thing. This one was a pleasant surprise sent to our principal, Leo Fuchs, at Learning Without Limits, recognizing the success in eliminating “willful defiance” suspensions. This mirrors some broader statewide efforts, that are starting to gain traction and that we should … Continue reading Good News on “Willful Defiance” Suspensions in Oakland and What We Need Next