Five Minutes to Midnight on the OUSD Takeover, and Micro-Managing Won’t Help

Things went from bad to worse for OUSD’s finances.  Three new data points came in this week and they all point towards insolvency.  At the same time, we saw some board members digging in on employee contract clauses, trying to regulate their way out of this, and asking the Superintendent to develop a training plan … Continue reading Five Minutes to Midnight on the OUSD Takeover, and Micro-Managing Won’t Help


The Superintendent, Students, Energy Convertors and Real Talk- A video from our event


What Went Right and What Went Wrong in the OUSD Facility Blueprint Process

Deep divisions in the Oakland community played out in the recent ambitious attempt to review and develop a deeper and more grounded plan for use of OUSD school buildings.  I applaud the effort, this has been sorely needed, and this is not a critique of the superintendent or the community engagement folks, but it may … Continue reading What Went Right and What Went Wrong in the OUSD Facility Blueprint Process


How OUSD Reinforces Segregation and What We Can Do; The Results From a Recent Analysis

The residential segregation in Oakland is recreated in the schools—that was the finding from an interesting recent analysis in vox.com.  On their site you can enter your city and see how the gerrymandering of school neighborhood attendance zones either reinforce or reduce segregation.  You can also see the extreme racial segregation that some families experience. … Continue reading How OUSD Reinforces Segregation and What We Can Do; The Results From a Recent Analysis


High Schools That Oakland Families Should Consider Based on the Latest Test Scores

Where you send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make.  The new school quality data was released by the state recently, and I wanted to highlight some of the schools making progress with Oakland children, and encourage families to visit.  The OUSD high school fair is 1/10 and … Continue reading High Schools That Oakland Families Should Consider Based on the Latest Test Scores