The Oakland Education News Roundup- 2/23/18

All the news that’s fit to link- a dope video of Ta Nehisi Coates talking Black Panther and beyond with Oakland youth, the declining Black Population in the East Bay, Our old Supe resigns from DC after an enrollment scandal, Latitude charter’s hearing, Mack is bringing it on the field and in the classroom, addressing … Continue reading The Oakland Education News Roundup- 2/23/18


Bukrah Inshallah on Real Action to Reduce School Shootings

Seeing Florida’s legislature take quick and decisive action to post signs in all schools stating “in God We Trust” as a response to the latest massacre reminded me of a precious lesson I learned over a decade ago in the Middle East.  It started with a simple phrase, “bukrah inshallah” and ended with inaction.  And … Continue reading Bukrah Inshallah on Real Action to Reduce School Shootings


The Charter Union Story You Missed in CA and Why It Matters

Three facts that will surprise charter supporters and detractors; (1)California has the highest number of unionized charters in the country (2) those numbers have doubled over the last several years while nationally unionized charters have declined and (3) unionized charters have a positive effect on student achievement (at least according to one study).  These were … Continue reading The Charter Union Story You Missed in CA and Why It Matters


When School Pushes You Over The Edge

(A second guest post–part 1 is here— from an Oakland public school student and Energy Convertor, Edrees Saied) Schools can push you, but if they don’t connect with you, it can feel like you are being pushed off a cliff. This pressure without connections undermines the relationship with school and destroys the passion for learning. Some students … Continue reading When School Pushes You Over The Edge


No Love for Latitude Charter School

(A Guest post from David Castillo-Executive Director at Oakland Charters. Oakland Charters provides support and advocacy for Oakland’s dynamic public charter school sector.) After a long deliberation at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the Alameda County Board of Education voted 1-5 to deny the appeal of Latitude High. Amber Childress (Area 2 Trustee – Oakland) was … Continue reading No Love for Latitude Charter School