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


How Is OUSD Doing Compared to 11,000 Other Districts in 3 Graphs?

The typical student in Oakland Unified is further behind in 8th grade than they were in 3rd grade that’s according to the latest research from Stanford, covered in a recent NY Times article. You heard that right, the typical student in OUSD progresses 4.3 years academically in the 5 years between 3rd and 8th grade, so … Continue reading How Is OUSD Doing Compared to 11,000 Other Districts in 3 Graphs?