A recap of all the local education news and beyond– this week– covering the gun violence walkouts, an important grant for newcomers, how you can help a Mack student, a look back the role of superintendent, news for families on the open enrollment and next steps, more on lead in schools, the central kitchen project is moving forward again, Black Panther in Oakland, bad ideas about arming teachers (and a teacher accidentally fires their gun in class), a look at the school dashboard, the literacy lawsuit, all that and much more with info and links below, please read, share and get involved
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Bay Area students plan to walkout despite possible consequences – Students in the Bay Area plan to participate in a nationwide walkout Wednesday morning to show solidarity with students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
Please join us in celebrating the achievement of our 1,146 Latino students in grades 6-12 with cumulative GPAs of 3.75 and above, and 2,109 students with cumulative GPAs of 3.0-3.74.
Grant gives Oakland schools funding for refugee students – The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) has received a $1.8 million grant to provide supplemental resources for students who are refugees, asylees, and unaccompanied minors who are served by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Young students march for safe schools in Oakland – Chanting elementary school students walked out of class Tuesday at Joaquin Miller Elementary School in Oakland in an organized march for safety the day before a nationwide March will mark the one month anniversary since the Parkland Florida shooting.
Rethinking the Superintendent to Reflect Reality in Oakland – The visionary superintendent. Riding in on a white horse. Or better yet, a homegrown hero—politically connected but without enemy.
Enrollment Questions and Answers For Families Still Looking for a School in the Fall – Oakland’s brave new world of online enrollment has made it easier than ever for families to apply to the many public school options.
The charter school challenge – The best authorizers promote quality while taking care to respect the freedom that allows good charter schools to make a difference in children’s lives.
A Second Chance for a Life Changing Trip; Helping Albert Get Back to Africa – Great School Voices – Last year we planned a trip to South Africa, it started amazing but ended early when thousands of dollars were stolen.
Week of March 12 Starts With Major Construction Project and Continues Into Sunday With Prom Dress Giveaway Courtesy of the Warriors’ Lesley West – OUSD NEWSROOM PRESS RELEASE Monday, March 12, 2018 Contact: John Sasaki Communications Director 510-214-2080 [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) Week of March 12 Starts With Major Construction Project and Continues Into Sunday With Prom Dress Giveaway.
Oakland Schools Push Back Against Trump’s Proposal To Arm Teachers – Teachers and police working in Oakland public schools say having teachers armed with guns would actually make things more dangerous.
Oakland School News from Jody London – March 2018 – Sanctuary District…gun control…winning teams at Tech…fiscal vitality…biking to Sacramento…full and fair funding for our schools…and more!
Oakland Unified amid water tap overhaul to get the lead out – OAKLAND — In the year-and-a-half after concerns over McClymonds High School’s water quality surfaced, Oakland Unified has undergone a districtwide overhaul of its drinkable water taps.
Treasure Island Charter School Honors Late Mayor Ed Lee | Hoodline – “He told us that he would find a way to help us, and he did,” said Life Learning Academy’s principal.
Report Calls for Pressuring School Districts to Turn Over School Sites to Charter Groups – Oakland Post – Political opposition to charter schools has been growing, both locally and nationally. A recent report produced by a pro-charter school policy organization.
Oakland | Center on Reinventing Public Education – Research – Over the past five years, Oakland has expanded choice options and improved information and enrollment processes for families. Since the 2010-11 school year, the city has seen modest improvements in student and school outcomes, but it still lags behind state and national averages and disparities persist.
District Restarts School Kitchen Project -Rendering of the central kitchen, urban farm and education center. An Oakland Unified School District state-of-the art industrial kitchen project capable of producing 35,000 school lunches a day is getting underway again after a dispute.
Family Friendly Oakland Map -The many family friendly destinations and programs in Oakland, all in one map.
After Years Of Changing Schools, College Comes Into Focus For Bay Area Student – After a childhood marked by constant upheaval and changing schools, a Bay Area student is closing in on the prize, a college admission.
‘Black Panther’ Gives Oakland New Life – Over the past few weeks, ‘Black Panther’ has been all the rage, but let’s talk about what it has done for the city of Oakland.
Students push back against Lynn charter school’s do-rag ban – Students at a Lynn charter school are arguing do-rags are part of their culture.
Schools are California’s biggest line item. So why are so many kids unable to read? – The state gives extra money to schools with more disadvantaged students. But with basic literacy at stake, is money enough?
Teacher, reserve cop accidentally fires gun in Calif. high school, police say – Gun was pointed at ceiling when it went off in Seaside, Calif., high school and bullet fragments slightly hurt one student, authorities say.
California presses ahead with color-coded school reporting plan despite a dig from DeVos – Will California develop an education plan that satisfies Betsy DeVos by a looming deadline?
California students join thousands nationwide in walkout to honor Parkland victims and demand better gun control – Inspired by the survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., students on middle school, high school and college campuses walked out of class Wednesday and staged a variety of protests.
Among the Children of Immigrants, an Educational Crisis – Anxiety and absenteeism are on the rise in public schools with large immigrant populations, according to a new UCLA study.
Thousands of sexual harassment offenses in schools – Across the state of California, there were more than ten thousand sexual harassment offenses, as defined by California education code that resulted in suspension, expulsion or disciplinary diversion.
California should stay the course with its education plan – The State Board of Education should approve the revised Every Student Succeeds Act state plan without delay.
Shopping for a school? State’s report cards can help – It was a single line on a recent Pleasant Valley School District school board agenda: California’s School Accountability Report Cards are now out.
California Today: Is the Long-Looming Pension Crisis Already Here? – Friday: David Crane on pension solutions, more jousting between President Trump and California leaders, and a proposal to raise the minimum gun age.
California Department of Education rules teacher’s use of anti-Muslim materials in class was discriminatory – A sheet of paper distributed to seventh-grade social studies students contained content berating Islam and Muslims.
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Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities – Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had
Teacher shortage, lack of supplies hinder rollout of new science standards, report finds – Low-income and low-performing schools are facing the most obstacles in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.
Those who walk out on Wednesday will join a rich history of student protest – The National School Walkout, which is being staged to honor the victims of the Parkland, Fla., massacre and advocate for stricter gun control laws.
A humanist approach to teaching kids – Education is one of the most challenging areas our foundation works on. There will never be a medicine that guarantees every child has access to a world-class education or a vaccine to prevent kids from dropping out. Each district has unique needs, and a good idea that works in one school might be difficult to scale across the entire system.
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Click here to support Zavion Johnson | Exonerated organized by Khari Tillery – In November 2001, an 18-year-old Zavion Johnson was just beginning his adult life. In addition to working for CalTrans, he was the father of a four-month-old baby girl named Nadia.
NSTA Pressroom – Resources for science teachers