OUSD’s Structural Deficit, the “Too Many Schools” Problem, and Why a Slogan Won’t Save Us

OUSD’s continuing budget crisis means there will be annual cuts until some major restructuring takes place, you can see the latest board presentation here. Many school sites, that were already lean, have been cut to the bone.  But “Chop from the top” or “no cuts no closures” are great slogans they aren’t real solutions.  It makes sense … Continue reading OUSD’s Structural Deficit, the “Too Many Schools” Problem, and Why a Slogan Won’t Save Us


Public K-8 Schools that Oakland Parents Should Look at Based on the Latest Test Scores

Where you send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make.  The new school quality data was released by the state recently, and I wanted to highlight some of the schools making progress with Oakland children, and encourage families to visit.  Every child is different, and I will break it … Continue reading Public K-8 Schools that Oakland Parents Should Look at Based on the Latest Test Scores


Rudsdale Newcomer’s Second Class of Graduates Speak on What the Future Holds

This is a guest post from the powerful folks at the Oakland Unified School District’s English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement Office (ELLMA), who are doing some amazing work. It originally appeared on their blog, where they spotlight Oakland teachers and students and the diverse strategies they’ve implemented to support English-language learners in achieving at … Continue reading Rudsdale Newcomer’s Second Class of Graduates Speak on What the Future Holds


A Better Model for Schooling: How Latitude Is Breaking the Stale Habits of High School and Earning Rewards

“During those long years in the Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life experience.”—Huey P. Newton, (Minister of Defense Black Panther Party) in his autobiography, “Revolutionary Suicide.”   I loved the Latitude High School model when I first saw it, was even more impressed … Continue reading A Better Model for Schooling: How Latitude Is Breaking the Stale Habits of High School and Earning Rewards


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 12/30-1/6

All the Oakland Ed news that is fit to link, this week, great news on serious crimes in Oakland but a long way to go, OUSD is using tech to track supplies, a look at the upcoming school closures, awesome work in restorative justice, congrats to Mack’s coach of the year, new laws impacting education … Continue reading The Oakland Education Week in Review: 12/30-1/6