Action (Still) Needed to Serve Oakland’s English Language Learners and How “Dreamers” Can Help

Almost 25 years ago as a bright-eyed and bushy- tailed law student I worked on the so- called “Zambrano case”, where OUSD conceded that they were not adequately serving English Language Learners (ELLs) and promised to do better.  The central issue raised was the lack of sufficient bilingual staff in Oakland and the District’s structural … Continue reading Action (Still) Needed to Serve Oakland’s English Language Learners and How “Dreamers” Can Help


Getting honest on charter school admissions, and catching bad actors

Some time ago, at a charter school near you, I went to enroll a foster child, let’s call her ”Keasha”.  She needed a good school, that was smaller and more personalized.  Brushing aside my lack of legal authority, we asked the receptionist for an application.  She explained that the school may not have any spots, … Continue reading Getting honest on charter school admissions, and catching bad actors


Making school choice work for ALL families. We need an app for that.

My friend’s grandson was struggling in his elementary school, a very smart kid, he had regressed over the last couple of years.  He can be a tough kid, he has seen more than he should have, and holds a reservoir of anger and sadness.  But he has been labeled at his school as “the bad … Continue reading Making school choice work for ALL families. We need an app for that.