Another busy week in Oakland education- today is the last day of op-en enrollment for charters, apply at enrolloak.org, video of a youth led event with the Supe, Latitude charter’s hearing at the County, moving beyond choice to access, Youth Uprising undergoing a leadership transition, new leaders of color announced, a great conference at Cal, student narratives, re purposing the Coliseum, creating inclusive lunches, a look at perceptions of the new school dashboard, looking at the state and federal education budgets, great books for Black history month, all that and much more below with links, please read share and get involved
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Parents, teachers challenging new proposed charter school in Oakland – Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition trying to prevent a new charter school from coming to the cash-strapped Oakland Unified School District, arguing that this future campus will not serve African Americans and will be yet another drain on the cash-strapped district.
School Choice Without Access is a Cruel Joke on Families – I hate the spectacle of the live charter school lottery. They want you to fill up a room, so that you show demand from families, but if twice as many kids apply as spots, half of them lose.
East Oakland Community Leader Stepping Down From Youth Center – Home to East Oakland kids for over a decade, Youth Uprising has been led by a charismatic leader named Olis Simmons since the doors opened in 2005.
Surge Oakland Announces Inaugural Fellowship Cohort – The inaugural Oakland Surge Fellowship cohort is a diverse collective of 11 equity-minded emerging African American, Latinx and Asian/Pacific Islander education leaders.
Kerner Commission 50th Anniversary – Registration for Berkeley LocationIn 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson established a landmark commission to investigate the immediate causes of the rioting and civil unrest in African American communities.
An Open Letter from a Former OUSD Leader Supporting Latitude Charter High School – Here Aaron Townsend, a successful former OUSD school and district leader, shares his support for the Latitude 37.8 Charter High School petition that is up for vote this week before OUSD and has received a staff recommendation for approval.
At Cal State, first-generation black students face the greatest needs – Advertisement Education Essential Education: Police still trying to trace the gun that went off at Sal Castro Advertisement story feed Feb 8, 2018 3:11 p.m.
Saving the Coliseum – The fading reputation of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum has damaged its ability to survive, let alone compete with newer Bay Area facilities. Here’s how the sports complex’s image, and perhaps its future, can be salvaged.
Oakland Middle School Holds Special Inclusive Lunchtime Activities on Friday – On Friday, February 9, lunchtime at Edna Brewer Middle School is expected to be a more friendly, conscientious and inclusive period than it is on average Fridays. The school is taking part in a national movement called No One Eats Alone Day.
Understanding California’s charter schools division: A quick guide – The state charter schools division advises the state board on charter school issues and provides grants to schools.
Fewer California Immigrants Seek College Aid – A significant decrease has occurred in applications for college financial aid by California students who are in the country illegally after being brought to the U.S. as young children, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Early-Childhood Programs Go From Famine to Feast in New Budget Deal – Congress averted a lengthy government shutdown by approving a bill that calls for billions in additional domestic spending, including for subsidized child care.
Creating a ‘test kitchen’ to come up with a better school accountability plan in California – Defenders of local control worry time is running out to develop models that work for parents and districts.
Higher pay would solve special ed teacher shortage :: K-12 Daily :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet – (Calif.) The non-partisan Legislative Analyst has come out strongly against the governor’s plan for increasing the number of special education teachers as part of his January budget.
USC Rossier/PACE poll: California voters support new public school accountability efforts – Majority of state voters support the California School Dashboard, a performance gauge created by the state to improve equity and transparency in school quality.
How new evidence bolsters the case for California’s education policy rebellion – In recent years, California has gone its own way on education policy, and recent evidence suggests it might be working.
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Court Rules Alabama Town’s School Segregation Too Racist … Even for Alabama – A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a lower court ruling that allowed an Alabama town to essentially segregate its schools, finding that the new school district’s intentions to split from Jefferson County schools were racially motivated and typical of how white people will do whatever it takes when black people get too close.
Black Mothers, Guilty As Charged – Detroit School Talk – I stand accused yet guilty Knowing very well the charges placed before me. No plea for mercy from the court, or throwing myself at its feet. I stand! Ready to face these charges that will run consecutively. Wrists clenched together, prepared to be cuffed until I am found guilty.
Footnotes for 4:44 Episode 2! – Very powerful and intuitive look into the minds of black men as they discuss their relational experiences.
Our Stories, Our Struggles, Our Strengths – The Education Trust – Our Stories, Our Struggles, Our Strengths Share this page: Feb 14, 2018 by Ashley Griffin Perspectives and Reflections From Latino Teachers America is experiencing a diverse, cultural shift and the teacher workforce is lagging behind: While Latino students make up 25 percent of the U.S. student population, and that percentage is growing rapidly, just 8 percent of the nation’s teachers identify as Latino.
Let’s be forthright about D.C. Public Schools’ diploma scandal | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute – The selective outrage of partisan ideologues in the education space is a well-known phenomenon and nowhere is that more on display than in the muted reaction to the scandal surrounding the 2017 graduation rate that has been unraveling in Washington in recent weeks.
How Medicaid became a go-to funder for schools – Begun as a health care safety net for children and low-income families, Medicaid increasingly underwrites a range of services in America’s public schools.
By the Numbers: President Trump’s 10 Biggest Proposed Cuts to U.S. Education, Ranked – If a president’s budget proposal is a roadmap for the commander-in-chief’s priorities, the 2019 fiscal plan released Monday spells out some clear winners and losers in education.
Ed. Dept. Won’t Investigate Transgender Students’ Complaints About School Restroom Access – The U.S. Department of Education won’t intervene if transgender students file complaints about access to school restrooms and locker rooms, a spokesperson told Buzzfeed News, confirming a position the agency has effectively held since it rescinded guidance on transgender student rights a year ago.
Trump’s 2019 Budget Proposal and Education: What to Watch – President Donald Trump is expected to release his latest federal spending wish list on Monday, and the U.S. Department of Education may not fare well.
Opinion | America’s Real Digital Divide – The problem isn’t that poor children don’t have access to computers. It’s that they spend too much time in front of them.
The Real Reason Students Shouldn’t Sit In Class – A recent article in the New York Times discussed why children should be given opportunities for movement during class. I wholeheartedly agree with this proposition – but not for the reasons stated.
28 MORE Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball (2018) – When I made the first of these lists back in 2016 I had no idea the places it would go: Libraries, schools and families all over the world continue to share it even now.
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Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes Accepting Applications – Each year, up to twenty young leaders each receive $10,000 in recognition of the impact of their work on people, their communities, and the environment.