Digital Apartheid in the Age of COVID, Making the Right to Online Access for ALL Students a Reality

During segregation at least we had dilapidated schools, and the backs of buses to sit in.  For today’s digital second-class citizens, those families without access to the internet, they can’t even get into the digital schoolhouse door.  The digital divide for the unconnected is a cliff in the age of remote schooling.   Either you are…


The Gaping Hole in Comcast’s Free Internet, Sign Our Petition to Close It

When COVID forced schools to online learning, we were worried about how students would get online.  We could provide laptops, folks like Oakland Technology Exchange have stepped up.   Home internet was another issue.  So it was great to see Comcast promise free internet to all Oakland families for two  months.   Like so many promises,…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 3/16-3/22

A lot of Coronavirus coverage including the herculean effort providing food at Elmhurst, and also some staff stories on the new normal, lots of resources for families, and also some good news as prop 209 is up for repeal. Please read, share, and enjoy what is a slowdown for many of us and extended time…


Teaching in the Time of a Pandemic; A Leader’s Message to Staff

“Our family’s dinner conversation has shifted from silly and interesting stories about our school days, to answering my daughters’ questions about their grandpa, “Mama, will we ever get to see Baba again?” Our lives have changed so dramatically in a matter of days.” (This was a letter sent to staff looking at how we move…


Public Elementary Schools Latinx Families Should Consider- Still Time to Apply

Where you send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make.  The new school quality data was released by the state recently, and I wanted to highlight some of the schools making progress with Oakland children, and encourage families to visit.  Every child is different, and I will break…