The Digital Divide, Parent Access and How We Can More than Survive During the COVID Crisis

By Director Jumoke Hinton-Hodge Oakland’s reality is that families are struggling to meet their basic needs and now carry the additional burden of trying to guide their children’s education. Oakland parents are ready to work on behalf of their children, but now the district must authentically understand what it means to address equity and create…


School is Out Until at Least May 1, The Latest ACOE Press Release

View in your browser FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2020Press ReleaseMichelle Smith McDonald, Director of Communications & Public Affairs Alameda County Office of Education510-670-4163 Bay Area School Closures and Student DismissalsFrom Regular School AttendanceTo Be Extended Through May 1, 2020San Jose, CA – Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents have…


The Gaping Hole in Comcast’s Free Internet, Sign Our Petition to Close It

When COVID forced schools to online learning, we were worried about how students would get online.  We could provide laptops, folks like Oakland Technology Exchange have stepped up.   Home internet was another issue.  So it was great to see Comcast promise free internet to all Oakland families for two  months.   Like so many promises,…


A Look at EBIA’s Transition to Online Learning, but an Online Prom?

A guest post from Families in Action Spring 2020 is supposed to be a celebratory time for the East Bay Innovation Academy (EBIA) students, educators and community. The school’s founding students, who started in 7th grade when the school opened in 2014, are receiving their diplomas this year. They have been anticipating this for years,…


OUSD’s Grab and Go Free Meal Program Now in its Third Day As Need Expands

OUSD Press ReleaseOakland, CA – The Grab and Go free meal program for Oakland students is now in its third day and expects to continue growing exponentially. On day one of the program last Monday, March 16, OUSD Nutrition Services gave out about 25,000 meals to roughly 4,100 students. On Thursday, March 19, the second day…