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…


Buying My Way Into an Oakland Public School: An Ally in Equity Addresses Privilege, Opportunity, Race and the Need for an “Opportunity Ticket”

This is a guest post from Jonathan Osler, a former teacher and school leader who is now a public school parent and advocate in Oakland. The Oakland Unified Board of Education is considering giving some families a so-called Opportunity Ticket, but the reality is that many children in Oakland — mine included — already have one. My family lives…


Oakland High Schools that Qualify Black and Latinx Students for College- Parents Need to Apply by February 8th

Oakland has high schools where just over 11% of Black students and 18% of Latinx students graduated with the A-G requirements and other schools where over 90% of students did.  Numbers aren’t everything, but when it means graduating with the ability to apply to state schools as the A-G courses do, they mean a lot. …