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. …


Oakland High, Middle, and Elementary Schools that Black Families Should Consider Based on the Latest Test Scores- Deadline to Apply is 2/8

Black children in Oakland attend the lowest performing schools, and given more school closures, it is essential that we find and apply to the best schools for our children.  You only have until February 8th to submit applications.  If you are a Black parent and wonder whether you should look at your options, consider this statistic 1%…


If You Only Applied to Schools on this List You Should Have a Backup Plan

Families need to make the school choices by February 8th to be first in line, and they still may not get in.   Many schools get more applications than they have seats, and even students in the neighborhood will need options.  That is the reality, so you need to check your odds, and if all the…


Public Middle Schools the Oakland’s Black Families Should Consider Based on the Latest Test Scores

Black children in Oakland attend the lowest performing schools, and given more school closures, it is essential that we find and apply to the best schools for our children.  You only have until February 8th to submit applications.  If you are a Black parent and wonder whether you should look at your options, consider this…