Parents at the Table and Parents Leading the Fight; Two Themes from REACH’s National Parent Summit

The room was electric, full of the type of troublemakers that you want to associate with.  Parents from across the country who were intent on disrupting the system and fighting for the change our communities need.  Grandmothers who get the cops called on them, moms who call the news out to failing schools, families who…


Resources for white parents concerned about equity in Oakland schools

A guest post by Courtney Martin I’m working on a book about white parents and school integration, and such, am lucky enough to get paid to spend much of my day learning about the Oakland Unified School District and the equity issues that abound here (to some, that may sound more like a curse…). I…


“What Happens After the Show?” Black Families React to the School Board Shutdown

Appreciate this video from “born and raised” Oakland parents from the Oakland REACH, who came to the 9/26 school board meeting, after long days of work and school, only to have it stopped by protesters. Please take a look. And we should answer the question asked by Hakeem Bey, “what happens after the meeting…how will…


The Latest from Kaiser; Kaiser Teachers “Will not Participate” in the Merger, Plus the Court Filings Looking for the Root of the Conspiracy

The Kaiser-Sankofa merger is a done deal after the board’s vote on Wednesday for a merger, but the controversy is not over.  The Kaiser teachers penned a blistering letter to the board, rejecting any cooperation with the merger. “These school closures and consolidations will not save OUSD money, since any savings would be more than…


The Geography of Opportunity in Oakland; And How Kaiser and Sankofa Became So Different

“An African-American born in West Oakland can expect to die almost 15 years earlier than a White person born in the Hills” –Alameda County Public Health Department Report The disparities in our schools are by design, not accident. When we have schools like Kaiser and Sankofa, geographically not far apart, but in other ways demonstrating…