All the news that’s fit to link- a dope video of Ta Nehisi Coates talking Black Panther and beyond with Oakland youth, the declining Black Population in the East Bay, Our old Supe resigns from DC after an enrollment scandal, Latitude charter’s hearing, Mack is bringing it on the field and in the classroom, addressing sexual harassment in schools–Oakland’s #metoo moment, some powerful student narratives, ending willful defiance suspensions and reducing disproportionality, reforming Prop 13, CA teacher shortages, schools making progress, all that and much more with links below, please read share and get involved
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Ta Nehisi Coates Speaks to Oakland Youth Before a Screening of Black Panther– Dope video from Charles Cole with Coates chopping it up with the Town, informative and surprisingly funny
Black Panthers Sets Box Office Records, Shines Light On Oakland – The movie Black Panther smashed box office records this weekend raking in an estimated $235 million. Christin Ayers says director Ryan Coogler’s Oakland roots shine in this film.
Oakland students treated to ‘Black Panther’ screening, talk – A group of 250 Oakland students were treated to a screening of “Black Panther.”
Former Oakland USD superintendent forced out as chancellor of D.C. schools – Antwan Wilson, the former Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District has been forced to resign from his job as Washington D.C. School Chancellor.
No Love for Latitude Charter School – Great School Voices – (A Guest post from David Castillo-Executive Director at Oakland Charters. Oakland Charters provides support and advocacy for Oakland’s dynamic public charter school sector.)
The East Bay’s Changing Demographics – If recent trends continue, the number of Black residents in the urban East Bay will decline further, as the percentage of Latinos and whites rise.
OUSD holding critical shooting training – The Oakland Unified School District will hold active shooter training on Friday, just two days after the deadly shooting at a high school in Florida.
McClymonds football players overcome adversity, champions on and off the field – McClymonds High School football players defy the odds and overcome challenges of life in West Oakland to smash records.
Combatting sexual harassment in Oakland schools – Girls of color who attend Oakland public schools don’t feel safe from sexual harassment or assault, according to a recent report issued by the district.
We’re already halfway through! – Thrival World Academies – A scalable solution to bring equity into study abroad.
When School Pushes You Over The Edge – (A second guest post–part 1 is here— from an Oakland public school student and Energy Convertors Helping marginalized folx #navigate education.
A Bay Area lawmaker’s crusade to require public charter schools to provide free lunch – All charter schools are eligible for federal funding that reimburses schools for money spent on meals. Despite this, more than 81,000 low-income students in California.
Growth superstars – schools on the move! – In this CRUNCHED blog, Carrie Chan sifts through SBAC scores to find some “hidden gems”: schools who might not have super-high absolute proficiency rates (yet) but are doing a great job particularly for the most vulnerable students.
The Charter Union Story You Missed in CA and Why It Matters – Three facts that will surprise charter supporters and detractors; (1)California has the highest number of unionized charters in the country (2) those numbershave doubled over the last several years while nationally unionized charters have declined and (3) unionized charters have a positive effect on student achievement (at least according to one study).
California research project timed to elevate education in fall elections, inform next governor – “Getting Down to Facts” studies will take stock of a decade of change and point to what other states are doing differently.
Suspension rates for black male students in California higher for foster youth, rural students – Study finds African-American students make up just over 5 percent of California’s public school enrollment, but account for nearly 18 percent of suspensions.
Teacher shortages persist in California and getting worse in many communities – A new report from the Learning Policy Institute says new state initiatives to recruit and retain teachers will take three to five years to yield results.
California bill would extend ban on unnecessary suspensions – The state has led the way in adopting alternative disciplinary -to-prison pipeline,” and SB 607 would extend the ban on “willful defiance”.
California Department of Education urges eligible ‘Dreamers’ to seek financial aid – For some of the so-called Dreamers, the illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, California is still a land of opportunity, hopes and aspirations.
More than a dozen California schools have received grants that foster innovative programs – More than a dozen schools in California have received Next Generation Learning Challenge Grants, including nine in Oakland.
Black Minds Project – CCEAL – Executive Summary This report is a joint publication of the Black Minds Project (an initiative of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Black Male Institute at the University of California.
Countdown to expand ban on ‘willful defiance’ suspensions in California schools – With the current ban on such suspensions for grades K-3 set to expire in July, a bill that would expand the ban to include all schools is making its way through the state Legislature that would both continue the ban and expand it to include all grades from kindergarten through high school.
Bill would set limits on arrests in shelters over youths’ behavior – San Francisco Chronicle, 2018-02-16 – What: AB 2605 would create a three-year moratorium on non-mandated law enforcement calls by foster-care facilities for behavioral management of youth in non-emergency situations.
Opinion: How California voters can update, improve Prop. 13 – The proposition’s underreported giveaways to big business and corporations have exacerbated inequity and inefficiency in the state’s tax structure.
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Florida House approves bill to post In God We Trust in all public schools – With the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting still looming large, its students in the Capitol to lobby for gun controls, the Florida House overwhelmingly passed ameasure Wednesday its sponsor said aimed at bringing “light” to the schools.
Connecting What Teachers Know About State English Language Arts Standards for Reading and What They Do in Their Classrooms – In 2016, RAND researchers reported on teachers’ understanding and implementation of their state standards for English language arts. This report provides an update based on a spring 2016 survey of the RAND American Teacher Panel.
Program Results – The College Board – The College Board Program Results present participation and performance data for our programs, and highlight how they can expand opportunity for all students.
D.C. Chancellor Antwan Wilson to Resign After Bypassing Lottery to Allow Daughter to Attend Popular High School – After just one year on the job, the schools chancellor in Washington, D.C., Antwan Wilson, resigned from his post Tuesday amid a brewing scandal involving his daughter’s school transfer.
Elite or elitist? Why there are so few black and Latino students in advanced high school programs – Advanced high school programs in Sacramento – meant to provide a path to top colleges – have few African American and Latino students.
New Report Shows Charter Schools Less Likely to Be Unionized Than They Were 6 Years Ago; Majority of Those Schools Located in 4 States -The percentage of charter schools represented by a teachers union decreased slightly over the past seven years, according to data released in a report that also found that more than 60 percent of unionized charters are located in just four states.
Bridging Education Research and Education Policymaking – Authors: Michael KirstYear of publication: December 2000Publication: The Relevance of Educational ResearchThis paper examines the relationship between policy formation in the United States and educational policy researchers.
They’ve prepared in drills. They’ve heard prayers. Now students want real solutions from gun violence – Turn out the lights. Lock the doors. Hide. These are the simple steps – easy to remember, hard to forget – that teachers and students across the country are told.