Getting the Data System we Need in California Education; A Job for the Next Governor

There is some powerful data coming out on school performance and operations in Oakland, often comparing charter public schools and the district schools.  The challenge comes in interpreting it.  Charter school overall outcomes are stronger than the district’s, particularly at the middle and high schools, but is that because charters are actually doing a better job, or is it … Continue reading Getting the Data System we Need in California Education; A Job for the Next Governor


Growing Up Kareem; Wanting People to See Me

(Guest Post form Karim Garcia, an Oakland public school student and Energy Convertors) Growing up was hard, tough. I was born at Kaiser in downtown Oakland. I lived in a duplex with my parents and my brothers. My extended family lived in the same duplex. Well, that didn’t last long. We eventually left that place … Continue reading Growing Up Kareem; Wanting People to See Me


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