The Oakland Education Week in Review: 3/9-3/15

Last week, lots of coronavirus coverage, housing activism, schools Latinx families should consider, a look at the opportunity ticket, how AIMS and the NAACP supported kids in getting millions from HBCUs, why Prop 13 lost, the roles of White parents in integration, and more, please read, share and get involved Oakland: ‘We are fed up:’…


Why We Are Closing our Schools and Others Should Too, Even Though It Will Be Hard

Many children rely on school for food, many parents struggle with child care and need to go to work, and our kids need to be in school and learning.  All that said, we still should be closing schools.  And for the thousands of children that I am responsible for at Education for Change, we are…


Middle Schools that Latinx Families Should Consider Based on the latest Data

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…


Opening Doors to HBCUs, How AIMS and the NAACP got $5 million in Scholarships for Oakland Kids

$5 million in scholarships. On the spot. 144 instant college acceptances. On the spot. That’s a lot of money for college a lot of Oakland public school students.  Last week, American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) partnered with National College Resources, and the Oakland NAACP to host over 18 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS)  at…


Who Deserves an Opportunity Ticket and Will OUSD Remain a “District of Exceptions”

Closing public schools hurts some families.  Those families at the closing school bear the burden of the failures of adults to make either short term of long-term decisions, or to faithfully implement them for children.  And they likely never see any concrete benefit from the district saving money.  The pain from school closures are felts…