The Oakland Education Week in Review: 3/18-3/24

All the education news from last week–looking at the strike costs, a Dreamer’s powerful narrative, students talk mental health, the Opportunity Ticket won, some good news on funding for previously cut programs, a look at the board meeting, looking at charters in CA, the huge  pension issues in the state and why it matters, plus…


Celebrating Oakland’s Newest Champions – Oakland Tech & Oakland High!

Oakland High and Oakland Tech Girl’s Basketball brought home not one, but two CIF Championship wins this past month! Just a week after an intense teacher strike – We needed this WIN!  Almost a year after the OAL sports programs were threatened to be cut – We Needed this WIN! And this week, as a city we are mourning…


Welcome to Oakland; Bienvenidos a Oakland- Shandel’s Story Part 2

(This is Part 2 of Shandel’s immigration story, you can see part 1 here.  Shandel is a dreamer and community organizer in Oakland.  We begin after her family has crossed the border with her mother.) Our journey from Mexico to the U.S. was long and scary but we made it. Life in the U.S hasn’t…


Lessons for Charter Schools and Unions on Becoming One

Today feels like validation. For the last four years or so, I’ve been writing about the seemingly contradictory phenomenon of unions organizing within charter schools. Today’s report by the Center for Reinventing Public Education (better known as CRPE by education insiders) adds research and national data confirming many of the stories and experiences I’ve seen…


From The Shadows to The Light – Shandel’s Immigration Story – Part 1 

A guest post from Shandel, an Oakland community organizer and dreamer telling her story El Principio El Principio – “The beginning” To my family, that’s what our journey to this country was. The start of a new life. To the woman I am today, it was more like “the end of a life I had…