Moving Beyond What is Required to What is Right in Charter Schools, The Quest for a Better Sector

Charter schools fiercely defend their promised autonomies, sometimes too fiercely.  I get it, the never ending unfunded mandates alongside “we are the government and we are here to help” regulation makes you defensive.  Not to mention the poison pills and outright hostile measures designed to hurt charters under the guise of serving children. All that … Continue reading Moving Beyond What is Required to What is Right in Charter Schools, The Quest for a Better Sector


What Does It Mean To Be Yemeni At School? Getting Closer to Answers

(A guest post from Edrees Saied a recent graduate from Oakland Tech and one of Oakland’s Energy Convertors) What does it mean to be Yemeni at school? Who knows? But I’m finding communities that are helping me figure that out. After participating in the event, “Yemen: Global to Local to Household,” I got closer to learning how … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Yemeni At School? Getting Closer to Answers


If You Only Care about “Segregation” in Charter Schools and Not Neighborhood Schools, Please Shut Up

As a Black man, who works hard to support Black children and families, there are a lot of choke on your own vomit moments watching the public school wars.  Neither public school sector serves Black kids well consistently, not the districts and not charters.  We need to acknowledge that and own that truth. But there … Continue reading If You Only Care about “Segregation” in Charter Schools and Not Neighborhood Schools, Please Shut Up


A Bittersweet Victory for Latitude High School in the Latest Round of the Public School Wars

After months of contention and countless hours of back and forth, Oakland has a new school.  The State Board of Education approved Latitude Charter High School on 7/12, which will open this Fall in the Fruitvale.  While Oakland has a too many schools problem it also has an even bigger problem of not having enough … Continue reading A Bittersweet Victory for Latitude High School in the Latest Round of the Public School Wars


How Trying to Silence the School’s First Black Valedictorian Backfired; And Other Lessons for Petty Tyrants

“I’m here as the UPrep 2018 valedictorian to tell you that you couldn’t break me. I’m still here, and I’m still here strong,”—Jaisaan Lovett in his mayoral address when denied a chance to speak at his high school commencement If you are a valedictorian, you earned your speech time, unless your truths make the principal nervous.  … Continue reading How Trying to Silence the School’s First Black Valedictorian Backfired; And Other Lessons for Petty Tyrants