The State of Quality Education in Oakland-“I Deserve An Education System That Is Working as Hard as I Am” -A Student Perspective

By: Erin Simmons EOYDC and Energy Convertors Student Leader To have quality in anything is to have possession of something incomparable: nothing can come close to it and nothing can surpass it. When know you have quality, you feel fulfilled and satisfied. Unfortunately, quality is probably the last word I would use to describe education in … Continue reading The State of Quality Education in Oakland-“I Deserve An Education System That Is Working as Hard as I Am” -A Student Perspective


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 2/11-2/18

Last week–lots of strike coverage, updates on the budget deficit and painful budget cuts, school stories, all that and much more with links, please read, share, and get involved Oakland: Eight Black Hands: The Oakland teachers are set to walk on struggling students Oakland school board delays budget cuts amid complaints of lack of details … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review: 2/11-2/18


“You Got Booed by Educators from the Outside and Not Protected by Educators on the Inside”-A Student Reflection from the Last Big Strike

We all side with teachers, custodians, and all the other underpaid folks working for the babies and hardly making it themselves.  It should not be like this in a rich state in a rich country.  Many of us also worry about the students and families that really need the schools, and what it means to … Continue reading “You Got Booed by Educators from the Outside and Not Protected by Educators on the Inside”-A Student Reflection from the Last Big Strike


What’s Wrong with Dixie School District And Why Are Folks in Marin Clinging to the “D” Word

Last night, as on other nights before, Dixie school district in Marin, rejected efforts to change the name away from “Dixie.”  This is trash.  “Dixie” is not a whimsical place.  “Dixie”refers to the North-South border, and celebrates the slave side. So why would the good liberals in Marin over several decades, and over more than … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Dixie School District And Why Are Folks in Marin Clinging to the “D” Word


The 8 Black Hands Podcast Digs in on the Impending Teacher Strike

Please take a listen as myself and Dr. Brian Stanley alongside our hosts as we talk about the causes and costs of the strike.