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


The Grand Jury Is In on Oakland Unified and the Conclusions are Damning

“While students in OUSD seem to pay a heavy price for this poor governance, experts tell the Grand Jury that those responsible, the board and the district’s decision-makers, seem to pay little or no price for their actions or inactions.”- Alameda Grand Jury Report 2018 The Alameda County Grand Jury’s Annual Report drove another nail into … Continue reading The Grand Jury Is In on Oakland Unified and the Conclusions are Damning


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