Oakland Education Week in Review 9/1

Oakland News

An Oakland Teacher shows us how to use the lessons of Charlottesville with a focus on disproportionate discipline- Opinion: Charlottesville offers our schools a teaching moment

Good look at the new superintendentFinally, Some Stability-Oakland’s new schools superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell, a city native, hopes to bring an end to the revolving door of district leaders.

Good look at the ERS report and some of the key findings related to Oakland’s public school sectors. Opinion: Charting a better path for Oakland’s public schools

the warriors have been great partners to the schools and role models for the youthThings We Love About The Warriors: GenerosityThe Warriors Community Foundation supports education and youth-development causes in the Bay Area. Here’s a look at how funds from the 2015-16 season were allocated.

Looking at the declining enrollment numbers and changing enrollment across sectors-Oakland has more school aged children that don’t attend a district or charter public school (17,572), than attend charters (11,774). Further OUSD has only lost 55 students since 2013-2014. Inconvenient Truths in Oakland’s Charter School Wars

Analysis: Oakland Educators Bridging Charter-Traditional School Divide to Work toward Equity for All StudentsWe all know the story: In cities across the country, school districts and the charter sector treat each other warily at best, as enemies at worst. The two sides argue over their intentions, who serve a more challenging group of students, who deserves more funding but gets less, and so on.

We need better data in Oakland-There is some powerful data coming out on school performance and operations in Oakland, often comparing charter public schools and the district schools.  The challenge comes in interpreting it.  Charter school overall outcomes are stronger than the district’s, particularly at the middle and high schools, but is that because charters are actually doing a better job, or is it because they have higher achieving students to start with. The Data We Need to Understand Oakland’s Public School Sectors and Why We Don’t Have it

OUSD opens a new school-The Eclipse, Alignment, and Hope – Educate78-As our sun was being eclipsed by our moon, another sun was born: Last Monday, OUSD opened a brand new dual-language immersion middle school called Oakland School of Language, shortened to Oakland SOL (Spanish for Sun).Read the thoughts of founder Gloria Lee on this moment and why we remain hopeful and ready to jump into the new year despite the challenges we all must face together.

Resources in the tragic and unconscionable event DACA is endedWHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF THE DACA PROGRAM ENDS?

New Look, New Website, Same CouncilUrban Strategies Council updates their logo and website. Check it out.


A “data issue” has delayed the release of CA test scoresCalifornia Department of Education announced they hope to publish this year’s math and reading results by September 13.California delays release of Smarter Balanced scores edsource.org

California’s ESSA plan is not good enough and does not support CA’s most vulnerable children-9 reasons why an education advocacy organization says California’s ESSA plan won’t cut it-California’s plan to comply with federal education law comes up short in nine key areas and is destined to have portions rejected, according to the influential California advocacy organization Children Now.

LAUSD has found a way to better work with charters, lessons to be learned in Oakland-LA Unified pursuing path from ​conflict to district-charter collaboration in how it shares space – Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Michelle King is implementing changes designed to help district-managed schools and charter schools share school buildings and best educational practices — measures designed to promote collaboration and reduce conflicts over access to classrooms.

The Best of the Rest

The latest national polling, interesting (somewhat troubling) data on integration from PDKMore Americans Give Top Grades to Public Schools

Minority Students Still Missing Out on Special Education, New Analysis SaysThe research team whose work runs counter to conventional wisdom about minority enrollment in special education has released a new study that looks at a different, larger data set and comes to the same conclusion as its previous work: black and Hispanic children, as well as children of other races, are enrolled in special education at rates significantly lower than those of their white peers.


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