Race Continues to Correlate with College Opportunity in Oakland-Dump the D and Fix This

A guest post from Families in Action for Quality Education Contenido en Español hasta abajo The Measure N Commission is a high functioning body. They are overseeing a major parcel tax that is making the high school experience better for Oakland students and getting results. I believe this is one of the best examples of…


School on her phone, working for family food business and now off to college: Blanca, Lighthouse graduation speaker

A guest post from Families in Action Throughout her years in school, Blanca Hernandez never thought she would be a graduation speaker. That just wasn’t her. “I was always that student at the end of the year where you have to have meetings with your parents,” she says in an interview. “I’d always push really…


I want my kids to return to in-person learning, but not quite yet

How do Oakland charter public school families feel about physically sending their kids back to school? How do they feel about distance learning? We are asking parents to share their thoughts. Interested in sharing your thoughts, or know of another parent who should? Let us know at [email protected] Ebony Avery; FIA Parent Leader, parent of…


How families benefitted from the grassroots Aspire Relief Fund

When asked how life has been for her and her family since the pandemic started, Leticia Hernandez answered, “muy difícil” (very difficult). Hernandez’s husband lost his job. Her daughter has special needs, and her condition worsened as well. Along with the job loss, the family also lost their health insurance. “It was very hard to…