The Promise and Peril of Ethnic Studies-Should a White Teacher Say the N-Word in Class?

“Home” is a powerful and poignant and painful poem.  It also contains the N-word.  A little bird told me that the poem was recently used in an OUSD ethnic studies class, and a White teacher read it aloud.  It is Oakland, and I love our youth. A student objected, or at least questioned whether that … Continue reading The Promise and Peril of Ethnic Studies-Should a White Teacher Say the N-Word in Class?


The Oakland Education Week in Review 9/17/18

All the Oakland education news that’s fit to link– this week an interactive look at OUSD teacher retention, a looming strike? some relatively good budget news, school board races and the latest Board meeting, finally a ban on for profit charters, a look at the candidates for schools supe, and an important article about the … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review 9/17/18


The Oakland Education Week in Review 9/10/18

All the news that is fit to link in Oakland education– last week– looking at the cuts to sports and the donors who helped, school board races are heating up, the Central Kitchen project is happening, the costs of suspensions, the CA dashboard gets an update, and two important pieces for educators as school starts, … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review 9/10/18


Special Education Series: Q & A with Valentin Escanuela, a San Diego Principal-Real Talk for Teachers and Families

(A guest post from our sister blog La Comadre and by Marisol Rerucha) I believe in a free and public educational system that has a moral obligation to meet the needs of all students. The topic of special education is one that is very important as I have been a parent on the receiving end, and as … Continue reading Special Education Series: Q & A with Valentin Escanuela, a San Diego Principal-Real Talk for Teachers and Families


Last Hired, First Fired and How OUSD Budget Cuts Undermine Progress on Equity in Sports, Hunger, Discipline, and More

A predictable victim in the District’s budget battles is equity, figuratively and literally.  Over the Summer, the OUSD’s “Office of Equity”  saw its budget slashed, folks were demoted, and longer term funding is a question.  For those calling for cuts to central office, they got them.  Unfortunately, many of the district’s equity efforts are rightly … Continue reading Last Hired, First Fired and How OUSD Budget Cuts Undermine Progress on Equity in Sports, Hunger, Discipline, and More