OUSD is Finally Getting Ready to Do Affordable Housing, Will They F it Up?

It’s been a long slog but OUSD finally is taking bids to do affordable housing at two of its vacated school sites.  For any rational actor, the idea of using otherwise vacant properties to create housing for underserved families and/or staff and potentially generate revenue, rather than pay ongoing upkeep costs for empty buildings, would…


29 Times More Likely To Be Suspended: The Latest Data on OUSD’s Failure To Serve Black Students With Special Needs

OUSD continues to fail Black students in special education. A low-income Black student with an IEP is 29 times more likely to be suspended than a non low-income, non-Black student without an IEP. Our students with the highest needs are summarily dismissed from the classroom on the regular. Twenty-nine times more likely—think about that. The students who have…


Happy Kwanza, Pt II: Nia

NIA  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community to restore our people to their traditional greatness.  SoBEO always wants to encourage and lift the work of Black Education in Oakland. There are stories and narratives to be told. Oakland struggles with sometimes a fear of being Unapologetically Black (Yes, Home…


Happy Kwanza: SoBEO Celebrates the Season Of First Fruits

Habari Gani! The Power of the Nguzo Saba  (7 Principles)   SoBEO is reaching out in the spirit of the Ngzo Saba – 7 Powerful Principles that speak to the social,  economic, and spiritual wellbeing of the Black Community. Kwanzaa is celebrated from Dec 26 -January 1st. Today we greet you in the Spirit of…


A-G Convo with Myself #3: How does this impact outcomes now?

What are the real world consequences young people face when they graduate high school but are not eligible for college because they didn’t complete A-G courses? In partnership with State of Black Education Oakland (SoBEO), these A-G videos were built to highlight a major issue here in California for more than 20 years. While graduation…