An Easy Fix for Oakland Schools

When charter-run schools were started they were viewed as potential laboratories of innovation.  Where lessons learned would be replicated in the district-run schools.  This promise has gone largely undeveloped for a host of reasons.  But if we look at Oakland data, and review some research there is a gem to be found. One of the … Continue reading An Easy Fix for Oakland Schools


What Has Worked in Oakland– Small Schools

I think it was Nietzsche who said that “every revolutionary tide eventually recedes, leaving only the sludge of a new bureaucracy”.  In Oakland he is wrong. I had a chance to reminisce with some of the architects and builders in Oakland’s New Small Autonomous School and early charter movements this week (Superintendent Chacones, Laura Flaxman … Continue reading What Has Worked in Oakland– Small Schools


The Real Challenges of District Reform

Changing District behavior is really hard. I learned this first hand working with OUSD to reduce restrictions on schools and implement so called “site based decision-making” as part of its broader New Small Autonomous Schools Policy.   And it was often not bad actors or bad intentions, but just an inertia that kept the district hurtling … Continue reading The Real Challenges of District Reform