After the Strike; Starting the Healing Process and Doing Better by Black Students

By Charles Cole III I was a student at Oakland’s Westlake Middle School in the 90’s during the five-week strike that occurred. While I survived that strike, I worry about how we’ll come together now that the dust has settled with this latest strike. I worry about how the strike has affected all students, Black…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 3/4-3/10 

All the Oakland Ed news from the last week–looking at the strike settlement and some of the analysis on who won and who lost, a teacher reflects on his experience, updates on the budget reductions, some great news for our female athletes who won state championships, new charter regulations proposed, cops or counselors in CA,…


Important Upcoming Event for Educators; A Chronic Absence Working Session With the CORE Data Collaborative

Chronic absence is a key barrier to achievement for many students in Oakland and other undeserved communities. In this working session we will share tools and protocols for school teams to analyze the current year’s chronic absence data. Using this information, school teams will identify steps that can be taken between now and the beginning…


How Equity Lost at the Bargaining Table in Oakland

It was a brutal OUSD board meeting.  Hundreds of students lined the hall, fighting for the supports they needed amidst a proposed $22 million in cuts.  They had lobbied, organized, and gotten at least one trustee, Director Hinton-Hodge, to agree with them to dip into the reserve and maintain some key programs.  But it would…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 2/25-3/3

All the Oakland ed news fit to link– thankfully we reached a tentative deal on the strike, lots of coverage, plus why White schools are better funded than Black schools, the too many schools problem in Oakland, more transparency for charters, a new ban on suspensions, all that and more please read, share and get…