What’s Really Wrong with Closing Schools and How the “Opportunity Ticket” Fixes It

Closing schools balance the district’s budget woes on the backs of the already most underserved parents.  The reality of closings is that it does nothing for those parents who have been dis-served and will be displaced.  Typically, they attend an equally low-performing school that is further away and/or less familiar.  And while the district may … Continue reading What’s Really Wrong with Closing Schools and How the “Opportunity Ticket” Fixes It


Why We Need to Talk About the State of Black Education in Oakland

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 Why We Need to Talk About the State of Black Education in Oakland


The Oakland Education Week in Review- 4/13/18

All the Oakland education news and beyond- this week, Cleveland is honored, bad news for the OUSD budget, some great events around equity and the State of Black Education, reflections  on the enrollment successes and challenges, looking forward to a conversation with the NAACP, Oakland SOL digs deep in community, STEM disparities, many stories on … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review- 4/13/18


Looking at the State of Black Education in Oakland; Listening to the Elders

Without struggle there is no progress.  That was the theme hammered home at out kickoff event for the State of Black Education in Oakland.  It was a rousing night, inspired by the words of our elders and highlighted by Activist and publisher of the Oakland Post, Paul Cobb, who led us back to his decades … Continue reading Looking at the State of Black Education in Oakland; Listening to the Elders


The OGs of Black Activism in Oakland- A Video with Paul Cobb

Last night we hosted our kickoff happy hour for the State of Black Education in Oakland.  The highlight was the elders.  Here you can see Paul Cobb describe walking beside Dr. King, watching the Birth of the Black Panther Party and how they were more organized then with rotary phones than we are with instant … Continue reading The OGs of Black Activism in Oakland- A Video with Paul Cobb