The Oakland Education Week in Review: 2/10-2/16

Last week, more budget cuts are coming, better answers on youth justice, and reading, a lecture on structural racism, Black history month in OUSD, looking at data, the other prop 13, SpEd disparities, the real risks that children face, and more, please read, share, and get involved. Oakland: Our $75 Million Question and Youth Uprising’s…


2020 Black History Month School Celebrations and Observances Continue Across OUSD

“If we stand tall it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors”– African Proverb Oakland – In OUSD, we believe in celebrating and integrating our students’ and community’s cultural and linguistic assets every day. Throughout the month of February, as part of our long-standing commitment to honoring African American excellence during Black History…


Latest Polls Say School Shootings Are a Priority; The Data on Risks Teens Face Says That is Wrong

We fear and fight the wrong battles, missing the chance for real victories, chasing ghosts.  Californians’ greatest educational anxiety is around school shootings, according to the latest polling.   However, by far the biggest risk your child faces isn’t from someone else—it is from themselves.  A teen is 30 times more likely to die by suicide…


How Oakland Is Tackling the Reading Crisis; An Interview with Lakisha Young

A cross post from Tanesha Peeples at Education Post Lakisha Young is the executive director of The Oakland REACH. Her work began through witnessing the disparities faced by Black and Brown students, including members of her own family. She sought to change the trajectory of public education for her three children and communities of color in…