These Maps Show How Oakland’s School District Reinforces Segregation

I’d highly recommend checking out the Urban Institute’s latest research on the role school attendance boundaries play in school segregation. I’ve captured the Oakland-specific data here and you can see the screenshots below in an online map here. Here are just a few reminders from the report on the power of attendance boundaries: “By prioritizing…


An Ode to the Patron Saint of Insanity and Visions of Equality

Lionel Dixon, in custody at Santa Rita Jail, read a report about the murder of our own Dirk Tillotson. His advocate shared with us a poem he wrote to honor Dirk. The world lost a patron saint to insanityA man with a vision and dreams of equalityHe fought for unfortunate students of poverty Let us…


Remembering Dirk Tillotson

“Students who need the most and deserve the most, tend to get the least while the privileged magnify their advantages. That’s the system and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.”  – Dirk Tillotson Force of Nature. A Movement. Leading Light. Unapologetic, Consistent Warrior for Justice. Brave Truth Teller. Always Laughing. These are a handful…


The Oakland Ed Week in Review 9/20-9/26

Last week, lots on the return to school and vaccine issues, a promising move by the district on college equity, troubling (though not entirely unexpected) attendance numbers, a look at police free schools, and a look at the small percentage of students who took advantage of the ability to make up grades Oakland Action on…


“Starting with the Community” How Oakland is Closing the Digital Divide, and How We Build Back Better

Please check out our latest podcast https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1475654196124338&ref=watch_permalink We have moved from 12% of low income students connected to 97%.  This is great porgress but the battle is not won.  Oakland has a massive investment coming for broadband infrastructure, enough to connect every family to fiber.  Whether this actually happens and we actually invest in our…