How Will OUSD Make Decisions on Charter School Renewals?

*Lea en español abajo A guest post from Daisy Padilla the policy and communications manager from GO Public Schools If you’ve been following Oakland education, news about merging, expanding, and consolidating district schools has been front and center. There are also big decisions on the horizon that will impact over 2,500 students who attend the…


Quality and Resources over Politics, A Consensus View- The Latest Oakland Survey Results on Education

The numbers are in from the latest Chamber of Commerce survey on voter attitudes and despite all the special interest rancor you hear at Board meetings, the average voter in Oakland is pretty clear about what is wrong and where they want the focus—hint, it’s about quality and resources, not the type of public school.…


Celebrating The Critical Importance of Black Educators and Getting More of Them in Oakland

One relatively simple and costless reform could decrease Black dropout rates by roughly a third, increase all Black students’ expectations around going to college, increase significantly the percentage of Black students in gifted classes, while also increase student engagement for youth of all races. We just need to hire, retain and develop more Black teachers. …


A few considerations for choosing a school in a time of glaring inequity; A parent’s perspective

A guest post from author and Oakland parent Courtney Martin who along with Equity Allies hosted a parent workshop last weekend around equitable choice, check out the video here It’s that time of year again — some anxious parents tour schools, wondering what the heck they should be looking for, others don’t even realize tours…


Navigating School Enrollment in Oakland; An Upcoming Parent Led Forum

A Guest post by Courtney Martin, publicizing an event coming up with Equity Allies School selection season is upon us — a time of heightened anxiety and no small amount of scheduling difficulty for Oakland parents. For those of us who can get to tours, not to mention figure out when the hell they are,…