29 Times More Likely To Be Suspended: The Latest Data on OUSD’s Failure To Serve Black Students With Special Needs

OUSD continues to fail Black students in special education. A low-income Black student with an IEP is 29 times more likely to be suspended than a non low-income, non-Black student without an IEP. Our students with the highest needs are summarily dismissed from the classroom on the regular. Twenty-nine times more likely—think about that. The students who have…


A-G Convo with Myself #3: How does this impact outcomes now?

What are the real world consequences young people face when they graduate high school but are not eligible for college because they didn’t complete A-G courses? In partnership with State of Black Education Oakland (SoBEO), these A-G videos were built to highlight a major issue here in California for more than 20 years. While graduation…


A G Convo with Myself #2: Young People Negatively Impacted by Not Completing A-G Courses

What are the real world consequences young people face when they graduate high school but are not eligible for college because they didn’t complete A-G courses? In partnership with State of Black Education Oakland (SoBEO), these A-G videos were built to highlight a major issue here in California for more than 20 years. While graduation…


A-G Convo with Myself: We need to Dump the D

By Dr. Charles Cole, III In partnership with State of Black Education Oakland (SoBEO), these A-G videos were built to highlight a major issue here in California for more than 20 years. While graduation rates may be rising, Black and Brown students are not graduating eligible for one of the largest public university systems in…


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…