Good News for Oakland; Facilities Lawsuit May Settle

Veering away from a dangerous cliff, Oakland Unified and the State Charter School Association agreed to “stay” or pause the lawsuit over access to facilities.  We covered this issue earlier, but the short of the matter is that OUSD was likely going to lose a multi million dollar lawsuit over access to facilities, and this … Continue reading Good News for Oakland; Facilities Lawsuit May Settle


A Parent Rejects the Divisions and Argues for Solutions Now in Oakland

I am an Oakland public school parent. So I have joined this (oaklandpublicschoolparents) listserve believing it is all about improving our public schools for the students. And time to read is precious, I work , and evenings are spent supporting my daughter’s public school as PTSA parent leader and getting my athlete back and forth … Continue reading A Parent Rejects the Divisions and Argues for Solutions Now in Oakland


Invisible Girls in Oakland

Schools are tough places for most African American girls in Oakland.  While much attention and rightful praise has gone to the African American Male Achievement Initiative, a recent report by the Alliance for Girls, Valuing Girls’ Voices, Lived Experiences of Girls of Color in Oakland Unified School District, looked at data and asked young women … Continue reading Invisible Girls in Oakland


A Parent’s View on Oakland Public School Funding Inequality

Great look at the disparities in funding for public charter schools and traditional district schools in Oakland.  We all pay parcel tax money, but right now the roughly $500 per child that comes from measure G, doesn’t flow equally to public charter school students. Take a look at the piece here   I Don’t Understand … Continue reading A Parent’s View on Oakland Public School Funding Inequality


The Importance of “Fit” and the Costs of Student Mobility

One of the schools I volunteer with is a “maker” school.  It is built around empowering students to create their experience and even the physical environment.  This starts day 1 of school where they literally construct, using tools and timber, the stool they will sit on. For some families and kids this is fun and … Continue reading The Importance of “Fit” and the Costs of Student Mobility