The Latest Report on School Funding in the US Is Out; California Fails

California’s inadequate and broken school funding system was on display as a bottom dweller in overall funding, funding effort, and also student outcomes tied to funding gaps in the latest report from school financedata.org, The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Funding Systems.  As strikes echo across the state, districts cut, everyone fights for crumbs,…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 3/24-3/31

Last week, listening to teachers, celebrating our champs, parent choice stories, strike impact, the Opportunity Ticket, stories from our Newcomer youth, a great look at home languages and schools, the need for better data in CA, the costs of closing the achievement gap, the reality of American education and caste, all that and much more…


Haifa Was Forced to Choose Between Her Faith and School, She Chose Faith, Kept Fighting, and Changed OUSD

There are students who admire the change and influence of great women in history. And then there are students who use their own influence to make history themselves. Haifa is one of those students. Haifa was forced to choose between her faith and her school. She chose her faith and transferred out of Oakland Tech—the school many…


Tallying the Final Costs of the Teachers’ Strike And Carrying the Voices of those Affected

Thankfully the Oakland teachers’ strike is over and kids and teachers are back in buildings. This was a painful time in Oakland for many of us and there is still healing that needs to happen.  There are both tangible and intangible costs to this all—and while we can calculate the lost revenue to OUSD, lost…


The Challenges of Choosing a School in Oakland: A Parent’s Story

By Taraneh Arhamsadr When we had the opportunity to buy and move into our Santa Fe house in 2012 – two years before any kids were in the picture – we were told that the neighborhood school had recently closed. No problem, we thought. We have our home—and years to figure the school thing out!…