Great School Voices’ Oakland Education Week in Review August 25th

See what happened this week in Oakland education, the state, and also check out some great causes to support locally


OUSD kicked off the school year – On the first day of school, Monday, August 21, Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell traversed the District stopping at seven different schools to see first day learning in progress.

Here is a video made by the staff at OUSD TV station, KDOL showing the excitement of the Superintendent’s tour of the District.

Oakland opens a new dual immersion middle school – Oakland SOL, there was coverage from KTVU, Hoodline did a more substantive piece on it-Oakland’s 8th Dual-Language School Opens In Coliseum District

Enrollment is still happening in Oakland and we covered some tips for familiesImportant Tips For Oakland Families Still Looking for the Best School For Their Child

Gotta love the Warriors coming out to make the start of school special for kids at KIPPWarriors star Klay Thompson donates basketball court to local kids

Our school board president weighed in on the illegal dumping and the need to provide safe, clean routes to schoolsOpinion: Make routes to Oakland schools both safe and clean

At the OUSD Board meeting the student director requested that schools named for controversial presidents be changedShould Oakland Rename Schools with Racist Origins?

McClymonds High has a lead problemOakland High School, District Tackle High Levels of Lead in Water

OUSD Board of Education Accountability Dashboards-Go Public Schools launched Board Accountability dashboards. These dashboards will provide the public with easy access to legislation, Director votes, and Director attendance. Click on the buttons below to explore. Vote Tracker  Attendance TrackerCheck out the blog post outgoing Manager of Data and Advocacy Strategy Ryan Beck Turner wrote about our inspiration for creating these tools.


Dyslexia is finally getting its due attention, though not its due fundingDyslexia, once the reading disability that shall not be named, comes into its own in California

We are finally getting smart about developing our natural human resourcesSpanish-speaking teachers getting special training to meet California’s demand for more bilingual teachers

The 74 looks at why support for charters has dropped in a recent pollBertelli: Why a Recent Drop in Charter School Support Is Not About Charter School Quality

California’s state accountability plan to the Feds was heavily criticized for not dealing with low performing schoolsNational group sharply criticizes state’s plan for Every Student Succeeds Act

Another story of school officials using ICE as a threat to familiesSuit says Pasadena principal threatened to call ICE on parent, guardian

Good Causes to Support

A Grieving Family who Suffered the Ultimate Loss- Support the Lopez Family

The community of Lazear Charter Academy is suffering the devastating loss of two of its students, Ezequias Lopez in first grade and Nixon Lopez in sixth grade. On the evening of August 16th, the brothers were killed in a car accident on International Blvd while riding with their mother, Magda Ovallez.  You can see their Go Fund Me page here to help

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