The Data We Need to Understand Oakland’s Public School Sectors and Why We Don’t Have it

There is some powerful data coming out on school performance and operations in Oakland, often comparing charter public schools and the district schools.  The challenge comes in interpreting it.  Charter school overall outcomes are stronger than the district’s, particularly at the middle and high schools, but is that because charters are actually doing a better … Continue reading The Data We Need to Understand Oakland’s Public School Sectors and Why We Don’t Have it


Inconvenient Truths in Oakland’s Charter School Wars

Oakland has more school aged children that don’t attend a district or charter public school (17,572), than attend charters (11,774).  Further OUSD has only lost 55 students since 2013-14, declining from 36,869 students to 36,814.  These facts found in last week’s Board packets, further challenge the narrative that charters are the problem in OUSD and … Continue reading Inconvenient Truths in Oakland’s Charter School Wars


Oakland Education Week Preview 8/28/17

What’s happening in education in Oakland this week?  Several conferences, a board study session, back to school happy hour for Black teachers and more, take a look 8/28 28 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM Educating the Black Child: Preparing for Trump Era Education– Charlottesville. Threat of nuclear war. Cuts to social programs that are desperately needed for the … Continue reading Oakland Education Week Preview 8/28/17


Great School Voices’ Oakland Education Week in Review August 25th

See what happened this week in Oakland education, the state, and also check out some great causes to support locally Oakland OUSD kicked off the school year – On the first day of school, Monday, August 21, Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell traversed the District stopping at seven different schools to see first day learning in progress. … Continue reading Great School Voices’ Oakland Education Week in Review August 25th


Should Oakland Rename Schools with Racist Origins?

The controversies of Charlottesville and confederate monuments are coming home to Oakland, raised by the All City Council, and voiced by our new student director at the OUSD Board meeting.  Looking at some of our school names, and the historic figures that inspired them—should we change them?  Two schools in particular were identified—though I bet … Continue reading Should Oakland Rename Schools with Racist Origins?