After 8 Schools and Almost Giving Up, I’m Graduating From MetWest and Headed to UC Davis

This guest post is by Camille Marley Brewster (aka Mars), who is graduating from MetWest High School in Oakland Unified School District this month. During my time in Oakland I’ve been to eight different schools, some district, some charter, one home-schooling program twice, and then finally ending up at one very different and special high … Continue reading After 8 Schools and Almost Giving Up, I’m Graduating From MetWest and Headed to UC Davis


Grand Jury Questions Charter Achievement and Advocates for Common Enrollment in Oakland-Our Analysis

The Alameda County grand jury released a report on charters in OUSD this week which will have some fodder for pro and anti-charter groups.  And while there were some insights, at times the analysis was insufficiently nuanced and at others it seemed to misunderstand the context or the law.  Some of the more simplistic analysis … Continue reading Grand Jury Questions Charter Achievement and Advocates for Common Enrollment in Oakland-Our Analysis


The Silent 73% Lose Again in Oakland

73% of families in Oakland favored common enrollment in the only survey I have seen.  No it wasn’t scientific, yes it was just one of several questions in a more general survey (which to me gives it credibility), yes it was online so it was probably not representative.  But it had over 500 respondents and … Continue reading The Silent 73% Lose Again in Oakland


Charter Schools: The Stepchildren of Public Education

Education Week picked up our blog reviewing the last 25 years of charters and looking forward, take a look http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/op_education/2016/06/charter_schools_the_stepchildr.html


The 2 Real Rules of Expulsion Hearings

Four hours in an expulsion hearing gives you time to think.  And afterwards, you are wrapped tight so it takes a little time to unwrap and you need to think more.  I do these things too often as part of my work. Well I don’t get paid for it, so “work” may not be the … Continue reading The 2 Real Rules of Expulsion Hearings