No One Prepared Me for This; Parenthood in the Age of School Choice

by Dana Wellhausen When I think back on it I realize how naive we were. Before enrollment season even started we jotted down a list of public schools for our rising Kindergartener. When school tours and info nights started it felt like all we had to do was go to confirm the final order for…


The Challenges of Choosing a School in Oakland: A Parent’s Story

By Taraneh Arhamsadr When we had the opportunity to buy and move into our Santa Fe house in 2012 – two years before any kids were in the picture – we were told that the neighborhood school had recently closed. No problem, we thought. We have our home—and years to figure the school thing out!…


I Got My School Offer for Next Year, What’s Next for Families

Congratulations to all those families who applied early for charter or district public schools during the open enrollment period, you should have received your offer March 14th, but applying isn’t enough.  Families will need to accept or decline OUSD or charter school offers by April 2nd to assure their spot.  And by responding quickly and also declining offers…


Charter Schools Are Public Schools and the Latest Transparency Laws Will Make All of Them Act Like It

Charter schools are public schools by law in California, and the new laws signed by governor Newsom around charter school transparency will make all of them act like it.  This is welcomed by many of us. After banning for profit charters last year, it is another important step in updating the charter law here.  Granted,…


“You Got Booed by Educators from the Outside and Not Protected by Educators on the Inside”-A Student Reflection from the Last Big Strike

We all side with teachers, custodians, and all the other underpaid folks working for the babies and hardly making it themselves.  It should not be like this in a rich state in a rich country.  Many of us also worry about the students and families that really need the schools, and what it means to…