The Continuing Fight for the Soul of the NAACP

The NAACP was born from a marriage of convenience that has never been reconciled. White liberals and Black liberationists, like W.E.B. Du Bois, had very different visions of the role of the organization and its tactics. Those schisms are still playing out today in efforts like the misguided charter school resolution released this week. But … Continue reading The Continuing Fight for the Soul of the NAACP


A History Lesson for Randi on Black Education in America

America’s system of education was built for racial dominance.  Anyone who actually studies history knows that.  So it was curious to read  the Times article “Teachers Union Chief; School Choice Rooted in Segregation” this week, where AFT president Randi Weingarten singled out “school choice” for its purported racist roots, when a more accurate title really … Continue reading A History Lesson for Randi on Black Education in America


Too Many Schools but not Enough Good Ones, Santa Fe CAN’s Challenge to the Oakland Narrative

What happens when a district has too many schools, and a growing grassroots community wants start a new one.  We are about to find out as the Santa Fe community, after a robust outreach process, is going to push on the District to open a new school, when many feel that schools should be closing. … Continue reading Too Many Schools but not Enough Good Ones, Santa Fe CAN’s Challenge to the Oakland Narrative


How Volunteers Can Expand Opportunities and Bridge the Digital Divide; Passionforcoding.org

By Natalie Gayinski As a parent of three children of various age groups I’ve observed elementary school age is crucial for development of self confidence, long term preferences and hobbies. Moreover, with every passing year, starting around age 10, stereotypes start piling up.  Children start forming a definitive perception of what is and what is … Continue reading How Volunteers Can Expand Opportunities and Bridge the Digital Divide; Passionforcoding.org


Redefining the School Bus to Redefine the School; Bringing Mobile Classrooms to Opportunity Youth

What do you do if you have students who can’t safely get to school?  If you are Steve Good and 5 Keys Charter School you bring the school to the students, with a mobile classroom inside a renovated bus.  It’s a thoughtful and much needed innovation and should have us thinking hard, not just about … Continue reading Redefining the School Bus to Redefine the School; Bringing Mobile Classrooms to Opportunity Youth