Oakland Needs Black Teachers—So Why Can’t We Keep Them, A Teacher’s Story

(A Black teacher who received a non-elect letter shared with us his public comments to the OUSD Board) My name is Coron Brinson and I am a 2nd grade teacher at Sankofa. I am speaking tonight in regards to my non re election (district speak for “being let go”). It has been a very challenging … Continue reading Oakland Needs Black Teachers—So Why Can’t We Keep Them, A Teacher’s Story


Why We Need to Talk About the State of Black Education in Oakland

It’s a mistake to say the education system is failing, at least in regards to Black students.  It is not a coincidence that by most measures Black students are being left behind.  And if it were only Oakland that would be one thing, but it is literally the same everywhere 200 million test scores were … Continue reading Why We Need to Talk About the State of Black Education in Oakland


An Oakland Kerfuffle that Unites OEA and CCSA; the Heated Debate over the 1Oaklnd campaign

When the teacher’s unions and the state charter association agree to oppose something—its either something really bad, or it might be something really good.  1Oakland has done the unthinkable in uniting these polar opposites.  Though this time in opposition. I saw some emails flying and feelings catching over the last couple of weeks, so I … Continue reading An Oakland Kerfuffle that Unites OEA and CCSA; the Heated Debate over the 1Oaklnd campaign


The Oakland Education Week in Review 4/20/18

All the Oakland education news and beyond from the last week that is fit to link–Roosevelt’s principal is honored for community building, and a look back on a visit there, an important conversation coming up with the NAACP on education in Oakland, thunderhail in Oakland?, a look back at the enrollment season what went well … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review 4/20/18


Roosevelt’s Well Deserved Recognition and a Look at my Last Visit Where Adults Dreamed Big and Kids Were Learning to Dream Bigger

Cliff Hong, and the entire Roosevelt community received their due recognition last week when Principal Hong received a prestigious leadership award for his work building community and Roosevelt and improving outcomes.  And it reminded me of my inspiring visit there, where I saw community coming together and also some of the relics of education starting … Continue reading Roosevelt’s Well Deserved Recognition and a Look at my Last Visit Where Adults Dreamed Big and Kids Were Learning to Dream Bigger