What Do Black Parents Lose in “Integration”

How do you react when your child is called a “slave” during Black History month by the teacher?  Now imagine you are one of a few Black families in a mostly White and very upper income school.  And this is a school that professes “colorblindness”, which to most Black folks means that the school is … Continue reading What Do Black Parents Lose in “Integration”


Oakland B.C., Why the Blame Game Won’t Help and Will Likely Hurt

The search for scapegoats in OUSD’s budget deficit is in full effect and is distracting from the search for solutions.  This was on full display at the recent OUSD Board meeting, where a lot of blame was laid with few real solutions offered. The deficit is the business manager’s fault, it’s the old Supe’s fault, … Continue reading Oakland B.C., Why the Blame Game Won’t Help and Will Likely Hurt


Choosers and Losers; A Long Overdue Look at OUSD Enrollment Rules and Integration

Oakland Unified has been doing some powerful work in studying its own enrollment patterns and proposing policy changes to improve equity.  This work will expose deep inequities, likely question some privilege, and hopefully start an honest conversation about how we work together to create better and more equitable schools. The board will be hearing a … Continue reading Choosers and Losers; A Long Overdue Look at OUSD Enrollment Rules and Integration


Is California’s More Equitable School Funding Formula Just a Scam; Canaries in the Coal Mine

When California changed the way it funds schools by adding extra funding specifically for high needs students, it was applauded as a means to reduce inequality.  But as we start to see the funding sift through districts and schools, many are wondering whether these funds are reaching the intended beneficiaries. I previously raised this issue … Continue reading Is California’s More Equitable School Funding Formula Just a Scam; Canaries in the Coal Mine


Teachers, You Can Never Know the Demons Your Students Face, But There Is Something You Can Do to Help

This guest post is by an anonymous, Oakland-based educator. One time my mom tried to kill me. She chased me with a knife, cackling like a witch. It was hide-and-seek—but it wasn’t, it wasn’t a game. I trembled in a dark corner of the basement, which terrified me, but I was more terrified of her … Continue reading Teachers, You Can Never Know the Demons Your Students Face, But There Is Something You Can Do to Help