The Risk and Opportunity in Selling OUSD’s Land; Put Public Housing over Private Profit

Oakland Unified has officially started the process to identify and sell land with the formation of the so called, 7-11 Committee.  The District is in dire financial straits, with many underutilized properties.  This could be a boon for the public and the district, or another boondoggle, where district assets are put into private hands, and…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 4/1-4/7

All the Oakland Ed news from last week– continuing strike coverage, including the fact that the County still needs to sign off, parent stories of the challenges of choice, the Kaiser closure issue, celebrating the latest OUSD state champs in hoops, the changes at the OUSD budget office and how the County is stepping in,…


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…


No One Prepared Me for This; Parenthood in the Age of School Choice

by Dana Wellhausen When I think back on it I realize how naive we were. Before enrollment season even started we jotted down a list of public schools for our rising Kindergartener. When school tours and info nights started it felt like all we had to do was go to confirm the final order for…