Former Castlemont High Baseball Coach and Athletic Director Takes Over as Commissioner of Oakland Athletic League-OUSD Press Release

Oakland, CA — Oakland Unified School District is proud to announce that the Oakland Athletic League (OAL) now has a new commissioner at the helm. Francisco “Franky” Navarro has taken over the role, and will keep all athletics and the associated competitions running smoothly. “It’s a dream job for me,” said Navarro. The position opened when…


“Ima shoot it up and look for u” From Crisis to Community and How Restorative Justice Bridged the Gap

How does a school community react when a student threatens extreme violence? This inspiring guest post describes how we can build better communities amidst the fear and struggles. This a true account of a real threat that took place at an Oakland school. Names and school identifiers have been changed or removed to protect the safety…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 8/5-8/12

Last week– the latest numbers on unhoused students, how SFUSD houses students at a school, the start of the school year with lots of new principals in new schools, and still looking for teachers, important parent perspectives, a historical look at OUSD, Mam is a language of growing importance, all that and much more, with…


Connecting with Kyla: Back to School, This is What We Do

Dear OUSD Community, The beauty of our District is that our students represent all backgrounds and ethnicities. We stand ready to welcome them all tomorrow on the first day of school.  For me, the “Back to School’ season is one of hope and renewal. Our resilient staff rises to the occasion every year. Floors are…


Make Oakland Schools Great Again; When 8 Latinx Males Completed the A-G Requirements and 29 Black Males Did

There is a set of folks who view every failure of OUSD as a result of charters.  To them, charters drain money from the district and drain kids.  The argument seems to go that things were great in Oakland before charters.  Kids we thriving, the district was financially stable and families of all stripes were…