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…


Setting the Record Straight on School Closures- A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Oakland Unified Community:I am writing to address some misinformation that has been swirling around the Blueprint for Quality Schools process and most likely will turn up at tonight’s Board of Education Meeting. This often repeated misinformation is that OUSD is going to close 24 schools. We are not going to — nor have we ever planned…


Building the Sankofa/Kaiser Community; Starting with a Soap Box Racer and How You Can Join In

Community building begins face to face, and amidst the tantrums and disruptions of the Sankofa/Kaiser merger, some parents are working on building that community. It started with a simple gesture, building a soap box racer, and it is growing. A guest post by Oakland parent Reginald Moseley Saturday, October 12 2019: Ajarrey Shelton of Sankofa…


Where Does Cultural Competency and Quality Fit into CA’s Teacher Credential? A Black Teacher Wonders

A guest post by Oakland teacher Marquise Evans, aka “Quis,” on the challenges of getting the technical teaching credential and how little it tends to mean for students “Quis, does a credential make one a qualified educator for scholars of melanin descent?” *Then the background choir beautifully sings… “H********* NAWWWW!” Absolutely, Not! I ask myself this…


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…