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


Real Talk for Teachers: Be Authentic, Teach Life Skills, Don’t Be Corny

(A guest post from Kareem Garcia, an Oakland public school student and Energy Convertor) “During those long years in the Oakland Public Schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life or experience.”-Huey Newton 1973 -Revolutionary Suicide At school, I want to learn the things that will help … Continue reading Real Talk for Teachers: Be Authentic, Teach Life Skills, Don’t Be Corny


The Oakland Education Week in Review (8/23-8/31)

Our recap of all the Oakland education news fit to link—This week a look at the budget deficits and the painful cuts to sports, stories from our youth on their experiences, an inspiring young Black teacher and his pink slip story, a call for us to come together as a community of schools, the latest … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review (8/23-8/31)


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


Dead Poet’s Society, The Oakland Edition, Young Black Gifted and Fired

Mr. Bey’s students still rave about him.  I remember the kids streaming in after school, just wanting to talk to him.  He was one of those authentic teachers, who made school relevant, and also saw and cultivated the genius that all youth have, but mostly he cared.  He loved his kids, and they loved him … Continue reading Dead Poet’s Society, The Oakland Edition, Young Black Gifted and Fired