The Pitiful Options for Black Families in Oakland and What We Can Do

If you are a Black child in Oakland you have a snowball’s chance in hell of attending a high performing school that is making progress.  A 1% chance according to the latest data from Oakland Achieves when it comes to math.  I am not joking.  And even worse about 2/3rds of our children are in … Continue reading The Pitiful Options for Black Families in Oakland and What We Can Do


The Most Important Thing You Can Do as an Oakland Parent-The Dates You Need to Know

In Oakland’s brave new world of open enrollment the most important thing you can do for your child is not joining the PTA and helping on the playground; it’s making sure you find the best school for them. Every family has a right to apply to basically any school in Oakland, charter or district, and … Continue reading The Most Important Thing You Can Do as an Oakland Parent-The Dates You Need to Know


The Worst OUSD Board in 25 Years and How it Can Get Better

Last night a young Black child came to the OUSD Board meeting to proudly sing a song that they learned in Spanish.  Their family was beaming, but the child was upset.  She wasn’t shy.  She was upset.  She didn’t want to sing.  Clutching her mother, head in her chest she was silent.  And what upset … Continue reading The Worst OUSD Board in 25 Years and How it Can Get Better


What’s Really Wrong with Closing Schools and How the “Opportunity Ticket” Fixes It

Closing schools balance the district’s budget woes on the backs of the already most underserved parents.  The reality of closings is that it does nothing for those parents who have been dis-served and will be displaced.  Typically, they attend an equally low-performing school that is further away and/or less familiar.  And while the district may … Continue reading What’s Really Wrong with Closing Schools and How the “Opportunity Ticket” Fixes It


Taking Action to Improve the State of Black Education in Oakland-Demand 1—Break the Chains Between Segregated Neighborhoods and Quality School Access

“Without struggle there is no progress.”  Long ago Frederick Douglass voiced the mantra of Black folks in America, and it still rings true.  The numbers are dire.  One in Six black children can read in elementary school, charter or district in Oakland.  Black folks are being priced and pushed out, only 4% of Black families … Continue reading Taking Action to Improve the State of Black Education in Oakland-Demand 1—Break the Chains Between Segregated Neighborhoods and Quality School Access