The NY Times Graph of Race and Achievement Makes my Head Hurt

200 million tests aren’t wrong.  And its making my head hurt. The NY times released an amazing set of interactive graphs this week showing correlations between NAEP tests—the so called nation’s scorecard—and family income and race.  The results are incredibly discouraging, and really the more you look at it the more your head will hurt. … Continue reading The NY Times Graph of Race and Achievement Makes my Head Hurt


2 Easy Fixes for Oakland Unified

Sometimes, working with districts the simple things seem hard.  Common sense isn’t as common as it should be, and low hanging fruit falls from the tree and rots on the ground.  Oakland Unified has shone a light on its current status with the Strategic Regional Analysis, but it’s really up to us to push for more … Continue reading 2 Easy Fixes for Oakland Unified


What Black and Brown Parents Want, What they Get, and Why Charters

Our parents almost universally want more challenging schools, at the same time they rightly believe that education is unequal according to a recent study.  I say, rightly, because there is compelling evidence of a broad and wide belief gap about the capacity of kids of color, and in reality, our kids often do get the … Continue reading What Black and Brown Parents Want, What they Get, and Why Charters


Moving Beyond Rumor to Honest Debates in Oakland

I was worried when I heard that Oakland Unified was potentially firing 17 principals.  While I think Oakland is moving in the right direction, I really had to question the District’s leadership in this case. Further, this seemed to confirm the worst fears of OUSD’s critics, showing the District’s tone deafness, while reinforcing charter conspiracy … Continue reading Moving Beyond Rumor to Honest Debates in Oakland


Truth from the Mouth of Babes- A Student Director Drops the Mic in Oakland

Oakland has some great plans.  At the Board meeting we heard about the Quality School Development Process, and directors queried staff on the ins and outs, very academic.  But there was one question from student director Ramirez, that quieted the room and is still awaiting an answer. Who is going to teach? You see, the … Continue reading Truth from the Mouth of Babes- A Student Director Drops the Mic in Oakland