Education Activist Dirk Tillotson Was as Real as They Come

By Courtney Martin. (This piece originally appeared in Education Post was republished with permission by the author). Last Friday, October 1, Oakland education activist Dirk Tillotson was murdered in his home. He was as real as they come, self-described as the “patron saint of lost causes.” His death is a massive loss for those who knew and loved him,…


Remembering Dirk Tillotson

“Students who need the most and deserve the most, tend to get the least while the privileged magnify their advantages. That’s the system and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.”  – Dirk Tillotson Dirk was a movement. This is where words and language have its limitations as they cannot even begin to adequately express…


Oakland Ed Week in Review (Week of 7/17 -7/30)

Last week was the launch of State of Black Education – Oakland’s “Keep Oakland Schools Segregated Series” that spoke to racial equity within OUSD, the history of redlining, integration and where we from there. Great School Voices also covered OUSH enrollment pilots and an SF Chronicle opinion piece on Bay Area school segregation. How ‘Mama…


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…


MicroCollege info sessions from the Oakland NAACP

April 12–16, 2021 — MicroCollege.info/NAACP Message from Kareem Weaver, The Oakland NAACP, Education Committee: Alexis had a 1.8 GPA and was in continuation school. Now he’s at SF State, doing well as a Microbiology major. Dialo was homeless, another student was ineligible for aid because of their status. The stories are clear and compelling. We know that…