The Oakland Ed Weeks in Review 12/26/23-1/19/24

It’s time for the Oakland Ed Weeks in Review!   We’re back with an extended edition of our roundup of education news from around The Town, state, and nation. This is a Dirk favorite and one of the last blogs he published for Great School Voices.  The news was light on the Oakland front while students…

The Oakland Ed Weeks in Review 12/9/23-12/25/23

With it being the holiday season, we are going to focus this entire post on the good that is happening in Oakland, the State and the nation. 

Here’s what’s been going on:  Berkeley High students take a stand; more praise for the Oakland REACH’s Literacy Liberators Fellowship with recommendations on how to support impactful tutoring programs.  AI takes center stage everywhere, while we see more efforts statewide to increase funding for schools in for STEAM and mental health services in CA.  Simplifying forms can more than double the financial aid access for undocumented students, while Lincoln Elementary is showcased by Ashley McBride on how its served immigrant populations for decades.  We see some gains in admissions and student proficiency according to one internationally-administered exam, and if you have savvy kids, be prepared for some holiday gift pitches coming to a boardroom, i.e., kitchen table or living room near you.

The Oakland Ed Week in Review 11/18/23-12/1/23

Here’s what’s going on this week: OUSD’s student homeless population jumped 70%(!) since the start of the pandemic; the war in the middle east continues to be a wedge issue on California college campuses; and a new report finds that charter schools deliver more bang for the buck than district schools (check out the article to read exactly what that means).

The Oakland Ed Week in Review 11/11/23-11/17/23

We have a rich edition for you this week, with lots of news from around The Town, the state and the nation: a scary kidnapping scam and protestors shut down the school board meeting in Oakland; students, educators and officials grapple with the Israel-Palestine conflict on campuses across the state (and country); Biden’s new student loan forgiveness plan survives a Republican challenge. Plus a lot, lot more.

The Oakland Ed Week in Review 11/4/23-11/10/23

From the newswires this week: Jorge Lerma has a sizable lead in the District 5 school board election after more results came in Thursday; OEA passes a resolution demanding freedom for Palestine; California students lost half-a-million instructional days to suspension, with marginalized students the most impacted; and conservative activists were on the losing side of a number of elections nationwide this week.