The State of Black Education in Oakland and What We Can Do

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 The State of Black Education in Oakland and What We Can Do


The Problem with the “Great School in Every Neighborhood” Platform

Everyone wants great neighborhood schools.  Thing is, that has never existed in my experience, at least not in Oakland.  And saying that our school improvement strategy is centered around something that has never happened is at best a remote hope, and at worst a lie that asks parents to wait for a savior that will … Continue reading The Problem with the “Great School in Every Neighborhood” Platform


The Slides You Need to See from the Oakland Achieves Report

The latest report is out on achievement in Oakland, and everyone should be worried about the general trends and also the disparities.  There are some bright spots though, and it has important implications for district policy and the way we look at the range of public schools here. Too Many Schools Are Showing Declining Performance … Continue reading The Slides You Need to See from the Oakland Achieves Report


Nickel and Diming the District to Death; A Real Fix to OUSD’s Fiscal Problems

Death by a thousand cuts is what the headstone of OUSD will say if we can’t get our fiscal house in order.  We have current deficits and huge deficits looming, 20 and 60 million dollars roughly in each of the next two years.  And so far the approach has been to keep trimming the edges … Continue reading Nickel and Diming the District to Death; A Real Fix to OUSD’s Fiscal Problems


Getting the Data System we Need in California Education; A Job for the Next Governor

There is some powerful data coming out on school performance and operations in Oakland, often comparing charter public schools and the district schools.  The challenge comes in interpreting it.  Charter school overall outcomes are stronger than the district’s, particularly at the middle and high schools, but is that because charters are actually doing a better job, or is it … Continue reading Getting the Data System we Need in California Education; A Job for the Next Governor