Choosing the Best Oakland Public School For Your Child– What Families NEED to Do NOW

A guest blog- from Team Oakland Enrolls Though it may still feel relatively early in the school year, we’re officially in the thick of the Oakland public school application season for next school year. We at Oakland Enrolls aim to empower Oakland families to make informed choices about their public school options and make the…


Who Betrayed the Opportunity Ticket; How Hills Parents Won and Flatlands Parents are Losing

Black parents in Oakland do not have access to quality schools.  1% attended a school above the state average and making progress, 2/3rds attend a school below average and going backwards.  We are locked into those schools by enrollment rules, segregated housing and the legacy of discrimination.  So, it seemed a momentous victory when the…


Balancing Our Budget and Funding Our Priorities

A note from the superintendent,Dear Oakland Unified Community:Over the past two years, we have made improvements and faced our budget challenges head on. This year, we started our budget development process earlier than ever to strengthen our prioritization process and communication with our schools and community. I am writing with an update on our budget,…


Don’t Miss the Feb. 7th Deadline to Apply-Choose or Lose in Oakland’s Public Schools

The meek will not inherit the earth in Oakland’s system of public school choice.  Given the likelihood of school closings, they may inherit the dirt of a shuttered school, and the scraps of opportunities left, after others have chosen. Open enrollment closes on February 7th.  So if you don’t get your application in by then,…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 11/25-12/1

Last week-charter renewals, a recall effort on a school board member, should Yu Ming expand, a couple of Oakland tragedies, the Kaiser issues linger, how a local school is achieving diversity, housing, celebrating Black educators and more, please read, share and get involved Oakland: School board considers renewal of three charter schools Protesters collecting signatures…