How It Feels to Be a Muslim Student in Oakland

A guest post by Edrees Saied, an Oakland public school graduate and Energy Convertor. I can hardly survive identifying as a Muslim in society. But I’m slowly learning how to reconcile my identity as I grow older. In the past, I’ve often felt self-alienated as I internalized all the stereotypes and criticism about Muslims, and Arabians … Continue reading How It Feels to Be a Muslim Student in Oakland


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 11/19-11/25

All the Oakland ed news that is fit to link– this week–Graduation rates are up, the elections are over and we have new OUSD trustee and State Superintendent, a look at OUSD’s school finances, a lot of wasted money on elections, integration in schools hasn’t matched neighborhoods, girls are struggling in middle school horribly based … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review: 11/19-11/25


The Oakland Education Week in Review 11/11-11/19

All the Oakland education news fit to link, this week– looking at bond money and who gets it, the elections are over, money wasted and winners declared, Black parents are demanding better, the OUSD Board is a mess, schools are doing great inter-generational work, the challenges of teaching in the town, and advice on enrollment, … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review 11/11-11/19


What the Hell Is Happening to Girls in Middle School? Just Look at the Latest Social-Emotional Data

There are certain graphs that hurt my head and my heart.  That tell us something is dreadfully wrong, and that we should do something.  The latest soul hurting statistic came from the state’s most robust data set—the CORE data, which looks not only at academics but also students self-reported well being and sense of competency. And … Continue reading What the Hell Is Happening to Girls in Middle School? Just Look at the Latest Social-Emotional Data


California Schools Have More Money than Ever, So Why Is OUSD Broke

California’s economic growth and investment in education are at an all time high and the latest budget promises even more money.  The Mercury News covered this Gov. Gavin Newsom will have an advantage that Jerry Brown didn’t have in his first year in office nearly eight years ago: more, not less, money for K-12 schools … Continue reading California Schools Have More Money than Ever, So Why Is OUSD Broke