If You’re Black and Low-Income in Oakland, You Have to Fight for the Right to a Good School

(A guest post from Tenisa Lyles is a single mother of three children, living in deep East Oakland. She was one of the founding members of The Oakland REACH, a parent-led group focused on making the powerless parent powerful.) Every family should have the right to a good school for their kids. But it turns out … Continue reading If You’re Black and Low-Income in Oakland, You Have to Fight for the Right to a Good School


The Oakland Education Week in Review 11/26-12/3

All the news that is fit to link– a message from the Supe, contract issues in OUSD amidst financial challenges, a Muslim student describes his experience, anti semitism in Albany, neighborhood meetings, a look at integration in Oakland, gentrification and displacement, all that and lots lots more please read share and get involved. Oakland: Connecting … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review 11/26-12/3


The Pitiful Options for Black Families in Oakland and What We Can Do

If you are a Black child in Oakland you have a snowball’s chance in hell of attending a high performing school that is making progress.  A 1% chance according to the latest data from Oakland Achieves when it comes to math.  I am not joking.  And even worse about 2/3rds of our children are in … Continue reading The Pitiful Options for Black Families in Oakland and What We Can Do


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 11/19-11/25

All the Oakland ed news that is fit to link– this week–Graduation rates are up, the elections are over and we have new OUSD trustee and State Superintendent, a look at OUSD’s school finances, a lot of wasted money on elections, integration in schools hasn’t matched neighborhoods, girls are struggling in middle school horribly based … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review: 11/19-11/25


The Oakland Education Week in Review 11/11-11/19

All the Oakland education news fit to link, this week– looking at bond money and who gets it, the elections are over, money wasted and winners declared, Black parents are demanding better, the OUSD Board is a mess, schools are doing great inter-generational work, the challenges of teaching in the town, and advice on enrollment, … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review 11/11-11/19