“I would love to just see them back in school doing kids stuff” — one parent’s view on reopening

Listening to Families: Cha’lanna Perry Across Oakland, charter schools are reopening to in-person instruction and welcoming in students. How do Oakland charter public school families feel about physically sending their kids back to school? How do they feel about distance learning? We are asking parents to share their thoughts. Interested in sharing your thoughts, or…


BayTech Recognized with Award for Ed Tech Tactics

At some schools, it’s just accepted that COVID-19 will increase the digital divide and harm vulnerable students the most. Not BayTech. Two years ago, Bay Area Technology School (BayTech), an East Oakland charter school made a big investment to bring in more computer-aided programs to help accelerate student learning. Talk about timely — when the pandemic…


The Dismantling of the Reach Institute and How Community is Fighting Back

The Reach Institute has trained many of Oakland’s and the region’s most impactful educational leaders.  These were leaders who learned the nuts and bolts of leadership, alongside a legitimate and robust equity focus.  In an area needing more leadership talent, the Reach Institute was a huge resource for Oakland and the Community. That was before…


Charters Don’t “Siphon” Students, Oakland Needs More Journalism and Less Reporter Judgments

I was really hoping that the Oaklandside would add more light and less heat to the circular and counterproductive public school wars in Oakland. We have two under resourced, generally underperforming school sectors, serving roughly the same students, pitted against each other, while Black families struggle to find solace in either. The sectors are united…


Charter Schools with Open Seats as of August 10th, You Can Still Apply

There are still many great school choices in both the district and charters, if you are still looking, please apply and find the right spot for your child. Go to Oakland Enrolls to submit your application. I did not get the district list this week but will publish when/if I do.