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…


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…


Recent protests call for status quo when radical change is needed

A guest post from Thomas Maffai originally on GO’s page Lea en español abajo. This week’s education news coverage has been dominated by the protests by a small group of Kaiser Elementary parents and OEA organizers against the board’s decision to merge Kaiser Elementary with Sankofa Elementary next school year without sufficient community engagement. Meanwhile, the…


The Latest Test Results for OUSD; Huge Gaps, Little Progress

While protesters try to shut down the school board, and some school board members micromanage around pet issues and pet peeves, Black and Brown kids are failing and being failed. In OUSD, 11.7% of Black children are on grade level in math, 18.6% can read.  For Latinx children, the numbers are 16.5% in math and…


A Tale of Two Schools; A SoBEO Rant Podcast on Opportunity Hoarding and the Real Opportunity in the Sankofa-Kaiser Merger with Dr. Brian Stanley

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Brian Stanley, former ED of the Oakland Public Education Fund. He’s an amazing guy and also an Kaiser (OUSD) parent. Recently, he wrote an electric piece detailing the racial issues that have emerged in the merger. Well, in the midst of the stir-up, Dr. Stanley sat down…