The Oakland Education Week in Review: 11/11-11/17

last week, building community at Sankofa/Kaiser, lots of discussion of the board meeting disruptions, a superintendent update, how Aurum got a 75% Black male teaching staff, the challenges and successes of the supe, reading scores are down but what does it mean, Black and Brown families are doing a go fund me to meet Elizabeth…


Quality and Resources over Politics, A Consensus View- The Latest Oakland Survey Results on Education

The numbers are in from the latest Chamber of Commerce survey on voter attitudes and despite all the special interest rancor you hear at Board meetings, the average voter in Oakland is pretty clear about what is wrong and where they want the focus—hint, it’s about quality and resources, not the type of public school.…


Setting the Record Straight on School Closures- A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Oakland Unified Community:I am writing to address some misinformation that has been swirling around the Blueprint for Quality Schools process and most likely will turn up at tonight’s Board of Education Meeting. This often repeated misinformation is that OUSD is going to close 24 schools. We are not going to — nor have we ever planned…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 11/4-11/10

Last week, the latest scores are out and so is analysis, it is open enrollment so parents looking for a school for next year should be applying– we have some views on that, a parent implores us to focus on saving students and not systems, community building in the Kaiser/Sankofa community, lots on the school…


Building the Sankofa/Kaiser Community; Starting with a Soap Box Racer and How You Can Join In

Community building begins face to face, and amidst the tantrums and disruptions of the Sankofa/Kaiser merger, some parents are working on building that community. It started with a simple gesture, building a soap box racer, and it is growing. A guest post by Oakland parent Reginald Moseley Saturday, October 12 2019: Ajarrey Shelton of Sankofa…