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


Moving Beyond What is Required to What is Right in Charter Schools, The Quest for a Better Sector

Charter schools fiercely defend their promised autonomies, sometimes too fiercely.  I get it, the never ending unfunded mandates alongside “we are the government and we are here to help” regulation makes you defensive.  Not to mention the poison pills and outright hostile measures designed to hurt charters under the guise of serving children. All that … Continue reading Moving Beyond What is Required to What is Right in Charter Schools, The Quest for a Better Sector


If You Only Care about “Segregation” in Charter Schools and Not Neighborhood Schools, Please Shut Up

As a Black man, who works hard to support Black children and families, there are a lot of choke on your own vomit moments watching the public school wars.  Neither public school sector serves Black kids well consistently, not the districts and not charters.  We need to acknowledge that and own that truth. But there … Continue reading If You Only Care about “Segregation” in Charter Schools and Not Neighborhood Schools, Please Shut Up


Choice Is Not Access: A Parent’s Journey in Oakland’s School “System”

Micshell Bunton an Oakland resident, a proud mom of two boys, and a parent leader with The Oakland REACH. If you are a parent who wants to get involved in The Oakland REACH, please email [email protected] I would do anything for my sons, especially when it comes to their education. I’ve spent more than a decade volunteering … Continue reading Choice Is Not Access: A Parent’s Journey in Oakland’s School “System”


The Geography of Opportunity in Oakland and How We Change it; Mapping Inequality in Housing, Health and Schools

“An African-American born in West Oakland can expect to die almost 15 years earlier than a White person born in the Hills” –Alameda County Public Health Department Report Some neighborhoods in Oakland provide ample opportunities, safe parks, high achieving schools, clean air, and a wealth of opportunities.  Other neighborhoods don’t.  And it is not a … Continue reading The Geography of Opportunity in Oakland and How We Change it; Mapping Inequality in Housing, Health and Schools