“I Was Failed Once by the School System” Now This Oakland Parent Is Finding Her Voice and Power

A guest post from Lisa Babbitt and Oakland parent describing her experiences and why she joined The Oakland REACH Do you know how impossible it can feel to play in a game when you don’t know the rules? You get dismissed, pushed out, left feeling defeated. I know this feeling all too well trying to help … Continue reading “I Was Failed Once by the School System” Now This Oakland Parent Is Finding Her Voice and Power


What’s Happening in Oakland Education the week of 10/30

Get involved in Oakland education, many important events this week, today the OUSD budget and finance committee meets, and later on a history conference, school tours, the Man Up conference, the Day of Service, and please remind families and community the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment opens on 11/1, that and much more please take a … Continue reading What’s Happening in Oakland Education the week of 10/30


Oakland Education Roundup Week of October 27th

Everything Oakland education from the last week; the school board and budget cuts, student perspectives, a new charter petition, recaps of last week’s meetings, Oakland Capstone projects, supporting foster youth, developing school cultures to support Black and Latino male students, opportunities to help educators and youth and more please take a look and share Contents … Continue reading Oakland Education Roundup Week of October 27th


Fire Him!  Piedmont Reinstates Teacher who Allegedly Propositioned Students

A 14 year teacher with a trail of complaints of “inappropriate” interactions with students returned to the classroom this week amidst uproar in Piedmont.  Apparently propositioning students, inviting them to private meetings, touching them inappropriately or more isn’t enough to get fired any more. I have seen much more egregious abuse first hand, but this … Continue reading Fire Him!  Piedmont Reinstates Teacher who Allegedly Propositioned Students


The Goal for My Education Isn’t to be Well-Behaved

A guest post from an Oakland student and Energy Converter, Kai-Willow Smith Have you ever been told by your teacher that you were doing just fine, but in reality, you know you are close to failing? Welcome to the life of many black and brown students and parents. I am one of those who was … Continue reading The Goal for My Education Isn’t to be Well-Behaved