The Oakland Ed Week in Review 10/21/23-10/27/23

Here’s what we have going on this week: District 5 school board race grabbing headlines with two weeks to go until ballots are due (check out our coverage, including video interviews with both candidates); across the Bay, a teachers’ strike is averted; school buses with wifi are (seemingly) on the way after FCC approval.

The Oakland Ed Week in Review 9/30/23-10/6/23

This week: a profile of District 5 school board candidate and longtime educator and education advocate, Jorge Lerma; a union representing 900 SFUSD workers — custodians, food service and clerical workers — goes on strike; more student debt relief coming from the Biden Administration, bringing the total to $127 million in relieved debt since he took office.

Reflections on 12 years of Service on the OUSD school board

I woke up most of those mornings before board meetings with a prayer that I might be in service. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve. What an incredibly humbling experience working inside the complexity of OUSD  — hearing the voices of young people, the struggles of parents, along with the inspiring hope they…

The legendary Toni Cook opines on Housing for All

The Honorable Toni Cook is a legend in the education landscape of Oakland from the cradle to college. I had no idea who Ms. Toni was — the Honorable Toni Cook, School Board member from District 6, the school board member who made the equity-minded appeal for adequate and additional resources for students who spoke…

A Conversation with Dr. Charles Cole

By Jumoke Hinton I’m grateful for the words of Dr. Charles Cole, III and the life he leads! Our conversation was heartfelt and powerful. We’ve broken down the session and will share some Dr. Cole gems from our conversation throughout our SoBEO Repurposing OUSD Lands for Housing campaign. I had the opportunity to sit with…