“I would love to just see them back in school doing kids stuff” — one parent’s view on reopening

Listening to Families: Cha’lanna Perry Across Oakland, charter schools are reopening to in-person instruction and welcoming in students. How do Oakland charter public school families feel about physically sending their kids back to school? How do they feel about distance learning? We are asking parents to share their thoughts. Interested in sharing your thoughts, or…


A Champion for her son, the community, and a future doctor — meet FIA leader Savoy Key

For Savoy Key, being a FIA Family Leader comes naturally. She has always advocated for her son — and fought, raised her voice, done whatever it takes — to ensure he receives the best education and the best care. From the beginning.  “He was born premature and I was a teen mom,” Savoy says. “So…


Youth Activism Through Art

FIA + OSA Voting Poster Contest Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) visual arts students and educators partnered with FIA on a voting poster contest. There are many ways to show leadership and make an impact in the 2020 election, even if you’re not eligible to vote! These talented young activists are making their voices…


How Oakland Charters Kept Serving Students During Distance Learning: Community School for Creative Education

The unprecedented interruption of the 2020 school year has laid bare inequities in our system, with one in five California students (over 1 million) lacking either connectivity or a device, a staggering need. The pandemic has forced schools and school districts to make on-the-fly decisions about how to continue instruction and care of students. Some…