School-Life Navigation: Surviving the Tracking and Inequality–A Student’s Journey

(A guest post by Edrees Saied an Oakland public school graduate and Energy Convertor Alumni) For students of color, school can be a pathless land. A land covered with a very thin layer of ice that breaks and swallows you when you make a wrong step. Being the only one in my family that can take my … Continue reading School-Life Navigation: Surviving the Tracking and Inequality–A Student’s Journey


Questions and Answers on the OUSD Bailout Bill

The State recently passed a “bailout” bill for OUSD that would ease the coming fiscal crisis.  Here Nima Tahai, GO’s director of educator leadership, breaks down the bill and the implications for Oakland, you can also see a video here that covers some of the same content. What is the so called bailout bill and … Continue reading Questions and Answers on the OUSD Bailout Bill


The Oakland Education Week in Review 9/30-10/6

All the education news fit to link, this week–more on the OUSD budget, test scores are out, upcoming candidate forums, the need to address the challenges facing Black families and the final SoBEO event of the year, the deep financial challenges of CA education, the governor’s latest ed moves, the importance of sex education and … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review 9/30-10/6


The State of Black Education in Oakland and What We Can Do

It’s a mistake to say the education system is failing, at least in regards to Black students.  It is not a coincidence that by most measures Black students are being left behind.  And if it were only Oakland that would be one thing, but it is literally the same everywhere, 200 million test scores were … Continue reading The State of Black Education in Oakland and What We Can Do


The Oakland Education Week in Review 9/23-9/30

All the Oakland education news that is fit to link- some good news (finally) OUSD gets a bailout bill, and settles with AC Transit on bus routes, some great local events, student narratives, Salesforce supports the district, Parents in action with the Oakland REACH, patriarchy rears its head at the OUSD board meeting and the … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review 9/23-9/30