What’s Really Wrong with Closing Schools and How the “Opportunity Ticket” Fixes It

Closing schools balance the district’s budget woes on the backs of the already most underserved parents.  The reality of closings is that it does nothing for those parents who have been dis-served and will be displaced.  Typically, they attend an equally low-performing school that is further away and/or less familiar.  And while the district may … Continue reading What’s Really Wrong with Closing Schools and How the “Opportunity Ticket” Fixes It


Four Answers to the Crisis Facing the Bay Area’s Black Community

The Bay Area’s Black community is in crisis.  And the community came up with answers during our year of convening, and they are game changers. Segregated housing and discrimination have created unequal paths that are so well worn they are invisible to most. Housing, health, education and access to opportunity in general all conspire against … Continue reading Four Answers to the Crisis Facing the Bay Area’s Black Community


Racism in Class; Learning a Damaging Behavior–A Young Teacher’s Story

(A guest post from F’tahn Bey a young Black public school educator in Oakland, you can hear from him at our SoBEO event on 10/20 at Geoffrey’s) In education, we imagine school to be a safe and equitable place, but  as a young Black male educator my experience has been very different. I taught Ethnic … Continue reading Racism in Class; Learning a Damaging Behavior–A Young Teacher’s Story


Housing Solutions for Our Most Vulnerable Students; What Schools and Districts Can Do

Oakland’s homeless epidemic is largely a Black problem. According to an Alameda County Survey, “almost 70 percent of the people living on Oakland’s streets are black. Yet black people were 28 percent of Oakland’s 2010 census population.”   It is even more bleak if you are in the foster system, in Alameda County more than half, … Continue reading Housing Solutions for Our Most Vulnerable Students; What Schools and Districts Can Do


The Geography of Opportunity in West Oakland- A New Video Explains How We Got Here and Where We Can Go

This video breaks down the realities of segregation in Oakland–Please take a look and share, and join us for our event looking at solutions on 10/20 Your life chances in Oakland and elsewhere depend largely on where you are born. And where you are born isn’t an accident of fate. It is usually dependent on … Continue reading The Geography of Opportunity in West Oakland- A New Video Explains How We Got Here and Where We Can Go