Parents at the Table and Parents Leading the Fight; Two Themes from REACH’s National Parent Summit

The room was electric, full of the type of troublemakers that you want to associate with.  Parents from across the country who were intent on disrupting the system and fighting for the change our communities need.  Grandmothers who get the cops called on them, moms who call the news out to failing schools, families who…


Garfield Elementary School Community to Hold Two Protests on Friday Calling for Drivers to be More Careful and for the City of Oakland to Make the Area Safer

OUSD press releaseOakland, CA — Three days after the aunt of a Garfield Elementary Pre-K student was killed and the student was injured in a hit and run crash outside the school, the school community will be sending a loud and impassioned message to the city and its residents. They want drivers on city streets, especially…


As Latinx Heritage Month Continues Across OUSD, Students Enjoy Latinx Literature Read-In Week; Other Exciting Events Also Scheduled

OUSD Press releaseOakland, CA — OUSD is now in the middle of Latinx Literature Read-In Week, in which volunteers visit elementary schools and read Latinx-centered literature to students to help celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Latinx countries and peoples to our nation and our world. On Wednesday morning, October 2, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf…


The Sham of Oakland’s Graduation Rates for Black and Brown Kids

“Black and Brown kids are being robbed in this city, it is criminal, we are celebrating grad rates without even looking at whether students are college eligible.” Please watch this and take action to change it. Dr. Charles Cole breaks down the hypocrisy of lauding the increasing graduation rates, while NOT looking at the huge…


Who’s Team Are You On? A Black Teacher’s Take on the Game

A guest post by Marquise Evans “If I can’t be myself, it’s difficult to create. It’s like the school system is working to strip away what makes us unique and able to impact minds.”  Today at work, I was asked this question in my Teacher Performance and Development Plan What do you need to be…