See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Speak No Evil on “Disproportionality”-The Latest Federal Assault on Equity

It is a strange time when reading the latest federal education regulations moves from mundane and boring to painful and soul sucking. Mired in the language of bureaucracy you can see young souls being crushed. We have seen stripping of protection for gender non- conforming youth to even have the right to a relatively safe … Continue reading See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Speak No Evil on “Disproportionality”-The Latest Federal Assault on Equity


Good News on “Willful Defiance” Suspensions in Oakland and What We Need Next

Usually a letter signed by the ACLU to your school or district is not a good thing. This one was a pleasant surprise sent to our principal, Leo Fuchs, at Learning Without Limits, recognizing the success in eliminating “willful defiance” suspensions. This mirrors some broader statewide efforts, that are starting to gain traction and that we should … Continue reading Good News on “Willful Defiance” Suspensions in Oakland and What We Need Next


The Grand Jury Is In on Oakland Unified and the Conclusions are Damning

“While students in OUSD seem to pay a heavy price for this poor governance, experts tell the Grand Jury that those responsible, the board and the district’s decision-makers, seem to pay little or no price for their actions or inactions.”- Alameda Grand Jury Report 2018 The Alameda County Grand Jury’s Annual Report drove another nail into … Continue reading The Grand Jury Is In on Oakland Unified and the Conclusions are Damning


The Failure of Supply Side School Reform: The Need to Focus on Wins for Families

“Our community finally feels like we can celebrate the last few weeks of school and enjoy the space as community once again.  Dirk you helped me a lot.  I’m very thankful truly.  I’m hopeful.  Parents voice is so powerful.  I’m understanding that.”-Oakland Public School Parent after a “win”   If you build it they will come.  … Continue reading The Failure of Supply Side School Reform: The Need to Focus on Wins for Families


The “Good”, Bad and Really Bad News on the OUSD Budget

The good news is OUSD might have enough money to make it through next year.  The Bad news is that it might not, given how unreliable its numbers are, and has huge issues a year or two out.   OUSD had a deficit last year, will have one this year and runs deficits of $20 million … Continue reading The “Good”, Bad and Really Bad News on the OUSD Budget