2 Things the NAACP Got Right on Charter Schools

While I think there is a lot wrong with the NAACP’s look at charters, they did get two things right. One is a substantive policy that we should take up, and the other is more of an admission that hopefully will lead us to a better conversation and meaningful action. First, let’s look at the … Continue reading 2 Things the NAACP Got Right on Charter Schools


The Predator, The Snake, and The Thief; Why I Couldn’t Wait to Get Away from Paradise

My name is Jeremias Arevalo. I am a junior at Lighthouse Community Charter School. I have always enjoyed writing in the forms of poetry, scripture and memoirs. I hope that my work shows you an insight into the life of a mixed-race, 17-year-old growing up in a turbulent time, in a turbulent place. I love … Continue reading The Predator, The Snake, and The Thief; Why I Couldn’t Wait to Get Away from Paradise


#MyBlackHistory: My Parents Decided to Go Back to College 30 Years Later. Here’s How My Story Inspired Them.

Here is a great guest post from North Oakland’s own Charles Cole III. Check out the story about his parents and why he works for better education for boys like himself. Recently, the story of my parents, Renate and Charles Cole, went viral after I tweeted on social media: “My parents went back to college … Continue reading #MyBlackHistory: My Parents Decided to Go Back to College 30 Years Later. Here’s How My Story Inspired Them.


Ending Separate and Unequal Schools in Oakland

Most everyone says they want integrated schools.  Maybe not “too integrated” if you know what I mean, but “diverse” schools.  There is a significant body of research that says it’s good for kids too.  But integration ain’t happening.  Schools nationwide are more segregated than they were decades ago and nothing will change until we affirmatively … Continue reading Ending Separate and Unequal Schools in Oakland


2 Things You Need to Know about the “Charter Movement”

Everything you hear about charter schools is true.  And everything you hear about charter schools is false.  That’s what 20 plus years working with them has taught me. They send high numbers of low income kids to college, they pick and choose students, they are safer.  They disproportionately suspend certain kids, they save taxpayers money, … Continue reading 2 Things You Need to Know about the “Charter Movement”