Fixing the Prop 39 Facility Fiasco

The way that Oakland Unified allocates facilities is bad for kids, schools, and likely the district’s bank account.  We have all heard about the “too many schools” problem, but here I am talking about Proposition 39 which mandates that districts make “reasonably equivalent” facilities available to public charter school students. This is an annual ritual fraught with conflict,…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 5/12-5/19

In this issue, a look at the African American honor roll, an educator profile, budget challenges and foster youth services, Daveed Diggs makes a school visit, remembering the state takeover, reviewing a misleading presentation from the OUSD board, A study from PACE on the financial effects of charters, a look at the state finances, NAACP…


Living Integration, The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Going to Their Schools

It’s 65 years after Brown v. Board, the legendary court case that “outlawed” segregation.  Looking at schools across the country you would hardly know it. As a living artifact of “integration” I can attest to the good, the bad, and the ugly, the costs and the value, and hopefully reflect on a better way.  I…


Does the OUSD Board Understand Anything About School Finance? The Latest Presentation to the State Would Say NO

If anyone needed an argument for a state takeover of OUSD, they inadvertently got one from Director Eng’s recent presentation to the State Charter Task Force in which she seemed to completely misunderstand school finance. If you wonder why the Board and district have been mired in mismanagement, chasing their tails and continually failing to…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 5/6-5/12

All the news fit to link from Oakland and beyond– this week– more on the OUSD budget, how grading is biased, students reflect on quality, IEPs and Black families, segregation and school placements, OUSD is potentially leaving money on the table, lots on reforms, the latest CA polling data, help an Oakland family, Tony Thurmond’s…