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


Will OUSD Leave $175 Million of Facilities Money on the Table

You would think that a district on the verge of bankruptcy, that is asking for another bailout, that has hundreds of millions in facility needs, and also cutting current projects, would not squander a hundred and seventy five million dollar state facility bond.  But you might be wrong in Oakland. OUSD applied for and received … Continue reading Will OUSD Leave $175 Million of Facilities Money on the Table


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


The Growing Epidemic of PCSCSS in Oakland

Medical authorities have seen a recent spike in Oaklanders with Post Charter School Confusion Stress Syndrome (PCSCSS).  And it is growing fastest among White affluent families.  Experts describe the symptoms as a mix of anxiety, confusion and hypocrisy.  You can spot someone suffering from the disorder as they sit in their BMW waiting to pick … Continue reading The Growing Epidemic of PCSCSS in Oakland


The Statistic Every Educator Needs to Know Before School Starts

14% of your students have a suicide plan.  31% report suicidal thoughts, but 14% of them actually have a plan.  1 in 10 females reports being forced to have sex, 1 in 28 males.  These numbers are all trending in the wrong direction.  And they are bleak.  They make your heart hurt and your chest … Continue reading The Statistic Every Educator Needs to Know Before School Starts