The Growing Epidemic of PCSCSS in Oakland

Medical authorities have seen a recent spike in Oaklanders with Post Charter School Confusion Stress Syndrome (PCSCSS).  And it is growing fastest among White affluent families.  Experts describe the symptoms as a mix of anxiety, confusion and hypocrisy.  You can spot someone suffering from the disorder as they sit in their BMW waiting to pick … Continue reading The Growing Epidemic of PCSCSS in Oakland


The Statistic Every Educator Needs to Know Before School Starts

14% of your students have a suicide plan.  31% report suicidal thoughts, but 14% of them actually have a plan.  1 in 10 females reports being forced to have sex, 1 in 28 males.  These numbers are all trending in the wrong direction.  And they are bleak.  They make your heart hurt and your chest … Continue reading The Statistic Every Educator Needs to Know Before School Starts


Creating A Culture Of College Success Through Mentorship In Richmond

(A guest post from Daniela Felix on our sister blog La Comadre, would love to hear some Oakland stories as well) Any first generation college student can attest to the importance of mentorship in supporting them through the college years. For first generation college students in particular, the first year of college can be an … Continue reading Creating A Culture Of College Success Through Mentorship In Richmond


Moving Beyond What is Required to What is Right in Charter Schools, The Quest for a Better Sector

Charter schools fiercely defend their promised autonomies, sometimes too fiercely.  I get it, the never ending unfunded mandates alongside “we are the government and we are here to help” regulation makes you defensive.  Not to mention the poison pills and outright hostile measures designed to hurt charters under the guise of serving children. All that … Continue reading Moving Beyond What is Required to What is Right in Charter Schools, The Quest for a Better Sector


What Does It Mean To Be Yemeni At School? Getting Closer to Answers

(A guest post from Edrees Saied a recent graduate from Oakland Tech and one of Oakland’s Energy Convertors) What does it mean to be Yemeni at school? Who knows? But I’m finding communities that are helping me figure that out. After participating in the event, “Yemen: Global to Local to Household,” I got closer to learning how … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Yemeni At School? Getting Closer to Answers