What’s Wrong with California Schools?  It’s the Money Stupid, Or Does Florida Care More about Kids than California?

Returning to California, I am reminded how effed up school funding is here.  Even with the welcome addition of more resources and more targeted funding, CA has a long way to go.   Stick with me as I show you the relative Nirvana of NY school funding, and then I am going to practically show you … Continue reading What’s Wrong with California Schools?  It’s the Money Stupid, Or Does Florida Care More about Kids than California?


What the LAUSD Loss in its Charter Lawsuit Means for Oakland

LAUSD will be forced to pay $7.1 million to a charter school operator after losing a recent arbitration according to the LA Times.  Meanwhile, OUSD is embroiled its own suit over the same types of alleged violations and given the facts, its case is not looking good. Years ago the voters approved Proposition 39 which … Continue reading What the LAUSD Loss in its Charter Lawsuit Means for Oakland


Torian’s Death, Trauma’s Effects, and What We Could Have Done

The Town is a violent place. The reaper prowls the “murder mile” and regularly camps in Deep East and West Oakland. And he touches too many Oakland families.  Not even city councilmembers are immune, as we were reminded when Torian Hughes, grandson to councilmember McElhaney, was laid to rest, after yet another seemingly senseless shooting. … Continue reading Torian’s Death, Trauma’s Effects, and What We Could Have Done


Huge Progress for Women in School Leadership—not so much for People of Color

The latest federal numbers are out from IES on demographic trends in public school leadership and it’s a good news, not so good news story.  There is actually great news in terms of gender equality—with women going from 25% of principals in 1987-88 to 52% in 2011-12. Their numbers have more than doubled and they … Continue reading Huge Progress for Women in School Leadership—not so much for People of Color


Hope and Challenge in the Clintons’ “Day of Action” for Oakland Schools

Heartwarming pictures and memorable stories mark the Clinton Global Initiative’s visit to Oakland last weekend for a “day of action.”   With Oakland’s own, “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch, Mayor Schaaf, and President Clinton volunteering at the Lockswood-Havenscourt Campus, which houses several; co-located OUSD schools; Community United being one of them. Beneath the newly painted surfaces, … Continue reading Hope and Challenge in the Clintons’ “Day of Action” for Oakland Schools