How Equity Lost at the Bargaining Table in Oakland

It was a brutal OUSD board meeting.  Hundreds of students lined the hall, fighting for the supports they needed amidst a proposed $22 million in cuts.  They had lobbied, organized, and gotten at least one trustee, Director Hinton-Hodge, to agree with them to dip into the reserve and maintain some key programs.  But it would…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 2/25-3/3

All the Oakland ed news fit to link– thankfully we reached a tentative deal on the strike, lots of coverage, plus why White schools are better funded than Black schools, the too many schools problem in Oakland, more transparency for charters, a new ban on suspensions, all that and more please read, share and get…


The Business of OUSD is Children; An Open Letter on Why the Board Needs to Meet Tonight—Picket Line or Not

(Director Hinton-Hodge responds here to a constituent’s request that she not cross the picket line or participate in the board meeting tonight.) Peace. (name omitted) With all due respect to your activism and public attention. We have business of the District to do and that business is the children’s and families’ business, and it can’t…


The Costs to Students, Staff, OUSD and All of Us in a Prolonged Strike

It’s a tense time for families in Oakland as the OEA prepare for a potentially prolonged strike.   A set of largely underpaid and overworked teachers are struggling with a broke ass district and its leadership, who neither caused this problem nor can wholly fix it.  As this drags on, OUSD is losing hundreds of thousands…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 2/17-2/24

All the Oakland education news that is fit to link– this week– lots of strike coverage, including teacher narratives, the fact finding report, the superintendent’s response, and some of the underlying causes, plus new transparency legislation for charters, a study on Black college completion, and much more with links, please read, share and get involved…