The Oakland Education Week in Review: 9/30-10/6

Last week–An Oakland school won the Blue Ribbon, Black families react to the school board “meeting,” a Black teacher’s perspective on colleagues, a critique of the A-G rate disparities, a look at Urban Promise and its approach to improvement, resources for White parents interested in equity, district finances under the microscope, looking at school funding…


Garfield Elementary School Community to Hold Two Protests on Friday Calling for Drivers to be More Careful and for the City of Oakland to Make the Area Safer

OUSD press releaseOakland, CA — Three days after the aunt of a Garfield Elementary Pre-K student was killed and the student was injured in a hit and run crash outside the school, the school community will be sending a loud and impassioned message to the city and its residents. They want drivers on city streets, especially…


Resources for white parents concerned about equity in Oakland schools

A guest post by Courtney Martin I’m working on a book about white parents and school integration, and such, am lucky enough to get paid to spend much of my day learning about the Oakland Unified School District and the equity issues that abound here (to some, that may sound more like a curse…). I…


As Latinx Heritage Month Continues Across OUSD, Students Enjoy Latinx Literature Read-In Week; Other Exciting Events Also Scheduled

OUSD Press releaseOakland, CA — OUSD is now in the middle of Latinx Literature Read-In Week, in which volunteers visit elementary schools and read Latinx-centered literature to students to help celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Latinx countries and peoples to our nation and our world. On Wednesday morning, October 2, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf…


The Sham of Oakland’s Graduation Rates for Black and Brown Kids

“Black and Brown kids are being robbed in this city, it is criminal, we are celebrating grad rates without even looking at whether students are college eligible.” Please watch this and take action to change it. Dr. Charles Cole breaks down the hypocrisy of lauding the increasing graduation rates, while NOT looking at the huge…