Remembering Dirk Tillotson

“Students who need the most and deserve the most, tend to get the least while the privileged magnify their advantages. That’s the system and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.”  – Dirk Tillotson Dirk was a movement. This is where words and language have its limitations as they cannot even begin to adequately express…


An Ode to the Patron Saint of Insanity and Visions of Equality

Lionel Dixon, in custody at Santa Rita Jail, read a report about the murder of our own Dirk Tillotson. His advocate shared with us a poem he wrote to honor Dirk. The world lost a patron saint to insanityA man with a vision and dreams of equalityHe fought for unfortunate students of poverty Let us…


Education Activist Dirk Tillotson Was as Real as They Come

By Courtney Martin. (This piece originally appeared in Education Post was republished with permission by the author). Last Friday, October 1, Oakland education activist Dirk Tillotson was murdered in his home. He was as real as they come, self-described as the “patron saint of lost causes.” His death is a massive loss for those who knew and loved him,…


Ask your child’s teacher for this new personalized report about your child’s progress

A cross post from parent Brandon Wall and GO Public Schools As a parent, I was worried about the disruption the pandemic would have on my kids’ academic progress. But since the state tests (SBAC/CAASPP) were canceled for two years in a row, I did not have much information about whether or not my children were…


The Oakland Ed Week in Review 9/20-9/26

Last week, lots on the return to school and vaccine issues, a promising move by the district on college equity, troubling (though not entirely unexpected) attendance numbers, a look at police free schools, and a look at the small percentage of students who took advantage of the ability to make up grades Oakland Action on…