Two Numbers that Explain Why Oakland’s Black families Aren’t Caught up in the Public School Wars

Fifteen percent and fourteen percent.  If you wonder why you largely don’t see Black parents engaged in the vitriolic debate over charters in Oakland—those numbers are the answer. 15% of Black elementary schoolers at charters schools can read at grade level. 14% of Black elementary school students at OUSD district schools can read at grade … Continue reading Two Numbers that Explain Why Oakland’s Black families Aren’t Caught up in the Public School Wars


Enrollment Questions and Answers For Families Still Looking for a School in the Fall

Oakland’s brave new world of online enrollment has made it easier than ever for families to apply to the many public school options.  And even if families missed the round 1 deadline for applying during open enrollment, it is still not too late to make a choice for next year. I reached out to Enroll … Continue reading Enrollment Questions and Answers For Families Still Looking for a School in the Fall


No Love for Latitude Charter School

(A Guest post from David Castillo-Executive Director at Oakland Charters. Oakland Charters provides support and advocacy for Oakland’s dynamic public charter school sector.) After a long deliberation at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the Alameda County Board of Education voted 1-5 to deny the appeal of Latitude High. Amber Childress (Area 2 Trustee – Oakland) was … Continue reading No Love for Latitude Charter School


School Choice Without Access is a Cruel Joke on Families

I hate the spectacle of the live charter school lottery.  They want you to fill up a room, so that you show demand from families, but if twice as many kids apply as spots, half of them lose.  Families cheer as their name is called, and the air slowly slips out of that balloon of … Continue reading School Choice Without Access is a Cruel Joke on Families


How OUSD Can Practically Reduce Charter School Growth and Help Educators and Families

Oakland has tried and failed several strategies to reduce charter school growth.   Here I offer some free consulting (“POP”  the sound of OUSD heads exploding) and two practical ways the district can reduce or even stop the growth of charters here. They won’t be easy, and they aren’t the sloganistic, short term symbolic actions that … Continue reading How OUSD Can Practically Reduce Charter School Growth and Help Educators and Families