Make Oakland Schools Great Again; When 8 Latinx Males Completed the A-G Requirements and 29 Black Males Did

There is a set of folks who view every failure of OUSD as a result of charters.  To them, charters drain money from the district and drain kids.  The argument seems to go that things were great in Oakland before charters.  Kids we thriving, the district was financially stable and families of all stripes were…


Stop Letting Someone Dictate what Will Happen to Your Kids; Parents Need to Take Control

A guest post from Rachel Willis, parent leader and Oakland native on the struggle for better schools and the role parents need to play. “It’s more than waking up and living, you gotta take control of your life, and take control for your kid’s sake. There is a jail cell being built for your kid…


With First Day of 2019-20 School Year Just Days Away, New Teachers Join OUSD, Learn About Their New Work Environments and Plan for Classes to Begin

OUSD Press release-Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Contact: John Sasaki Communications Director [email protected] Oakland, CA — Less than two weeks before the start of school, 150 new OUSD teachers took part in the New Teacher Institute. It was a three day training seminar at La Escuelita that started on July 31st. Going into the 2019-20 school year, Oakland…


Stop Asking and Answering Other People’s Questions; Thinking Differently about Choosing a “Good” School

A guest post from Courtney E. Martin Many of us are busy and anxious. We are social animals: We listen for the culturally normative thing to do among our friends and, most often, follow it. This is what Aristotle, and later a lot of Internet evangelists, called the “wisdom of the crowd” and what Hannah…


Over 1,000 Unhoused Youth in OUSD, The Latest Fact Sheet, and What OUSD Can Do

OUSD counted 1,001 unhoused students last year, 64% of those were Newcomers, and of the non Newcomers, more than half of the unhoused students were Black.  You can see all the data in the latest fact sheet.   The news is depressing, Oakland has the highest percentage of homeless in the entire state according to a…