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Accidents of Birth that become Harbingers of Death- A Tale of 4 Schools and 4 Miles and the Different Opportunities they Offer – Babies born less than 4 miles apart here have radically different chances. You can go to public school A in West Oakland, which is 92% free and reduced lunch, where not a single child scored at or above grade level in reading, and 1% are proficient in math. Or, not far down the block, less than a 4 mile drive, there is public school B, that is 1% free and reduced, and 89% of kids can read and 88% are proficient in math.
Why We Need to Talk About the State of Black Education in Oakland – It’s a mistake to say the education system is failing, at least in regards to Black students.
Author Talk with Richard Rothstein, electeds, and activists; The Color of Law, Segregation, State Action and the Geography of Opportunity in West Oakland – NY Times bestselling author, Richard Rothstein, will discuss his recent book, The Color of Law, and the role of the state in creating and maintaining segregation, to the detriment of African Americans and society as a whole.
How Ana Mancia is combating intimate partner violence – Mancia, a junior at Berkeley, formed the ASUC Intimate Partner Violence Commission and regularly gives presentations to Bay Area high schools
Cal Day welcomes students from 35 Oakland elementary schools – Oakland Promise arranged for over 700 elementary school students and parents to tour UC Berkeley on Sunday.
Live Interview: Local educators rally to keep teachers in Oakland – Today Oakland educators, parents, and community members will rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater and march to the offices of the Oakland Unified School District.
Soda Tax Revenue to Pay for Pure Drinking Water Stations in Lead-Contaminated Oakland Schools – An official advisory board is recommending that the City of Oakland spend hundreds of thousands in new sugar sweetened beverage tax revenue to rapidly install drinking water stations at 110 Oakland public schools and child care centers.
Berkeley organizations strive toward food sustainability – For groups paving the path to a more sustainable food future, food sustainability means ensuring food access and reform of food distribution structures.
Bay Area students make voices heard during walkouts – Students in the Bay Area and across the nation walked out of class today in another protest against gun violence in school.
Oakland Unified School District Lays Off 55 Workers – The Oakland Board of Education has approved the layoff of 55 classified workers – nonteaching employees – whose jobs will be eliminated at the end of the school year in June.
Tim White Rehired to Lead Facilities Dept. at OUSD – The Oakland Unified School District has rehired widely respected administrator Tim White as Deputy Chief of Facilities to oversee construction and renovation projects on numerous major facilities projects.
An Oakland Kerfuffle that Unites OEA and CCSA; the Heated Debate over the 1Oaklnd campaign – When the teacher’s unions and the state charter association agree to oppose something—its either something really bad, or it might be something really good. 1Oakland has done the unthinkable in uniting these polar opposites. Though this time in opposition.
OUSD’s Financial Challenges Persist… – According to the most recent budget updates, OUSD is projected to end this school year below the state-mandated 2% reserve, partially due to an additional $3.7 million in unexpected expenses that hit the OUSD budget this school year.
California’s candidates for governor don’t talk about taxes much. They need to start – Modernizing California’s archaic, unstable tax system is one of the most important tasks the next governor will face — or should.
States in Motion: Visualizing how education funding has changed over time – A non-profit journalism website reporting on key education issues in California and beyond.
Charter schools are booming in California. Here’s where they are growing fastest – California charter school enrollment has increased 150 percent in the past 10 years, according to new data from the California Department of Education.
Ryan J. Smith: How can California be a beacon on a hill if it’s leaving its students at the base of the mountain? – ‘Tis the season when we read posts and watch online videos of the young men and women who received their college acceptances. While we celebrate these milestones, the number of students of color and low-income students who are admitted to and complete college are still too few.
Northern California parents share stress over IEP’s, but resources are available – Hundreds of Northern California parents of children with disabilities have express shared stress in the process for obtaining Individual Education Plans or IEP’s.
‘Silver Tsunami’ hits as pension costs devour California school budgets – The pro- and anti-reform houses of education land are prepping for the next big battle between charter schools and teachers unions. The great houses in philanthropic foundation land are deciding where to place their bets. But winter is coming, and no one can avoid it.
California Pension Bills Are Sensible Fixes, but They Have Little Chance of Passing – Given the pension funds’ fiscal condition, it’s hard to understand any serious opposition to these modest measures. But don’t hold your breath.
The dimensions of California’s pension crisis – California’s public employee pension systems have immense gaps – called “unfunded liabilities” – between what they have in assets and what they will need.
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Compared to majority white schools, majority black schools are more likely to have security staff – Child Trends – Student exposure to school-based law enforcement and security personnel differs based on their schools’ racial composition, according to new data from the 2015–2016 federal Civil Rights Data Collection.
Diversifying the Teaching Profession: How to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color – In High Demand and Short Supply: Teachers of color face unique barriers to entering and staying in the profession.
How Schools Can Implement These Simple Steps to Protect Transgender Students – For most children, most of the time, their hours in school are the safest part of their day.
Families Experience Economic Integration At One SAISD School – The San Antonio Independent School District launched a bold new enrollment policy at five specialty schools this year, weighing the lottery based on income.
An Interview With DeVos’ New Special Ed. Chief – Johnny Collett’s selection to oversee special education for the U.S. Department of Education was a rare point of agreement between the Trump administration and the disability-advocacy community.
NowThis Her – Everyone needs to hear 11-year-old Naomi Wadler’s powerful message about Black women in the U.S.
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Rogers Family Foundation April Newsletter – Volunteers are still needed! Find a school today and sign-up to share books with Oakland students! In a diverse city like Oakland, our students need opportunities to see themselves and all of their classmates in the books they read.
OK Program Teammate Training/Certification – The OK Program of Oakland is recruiting African American Men in the Bay Area to help MENtor Black Boys! WHY? Because We’ve Walked in Their Shoes! COMMITMENT? ONLY 3 Saturday’s Per Year!