Parents at the Center; A Rare and Encouraging Night of Community Engagement with OUSD

It was an encouraging night in Oakland.  Over a hundred parents filled the hall at Acts Full Gospel to have a real discussion with the top brass from OUSD on the state of the schools and the superintendent’s Community of Schools policy.  There were some heated debates, and real disagreements, but we came together as…


The Risk and Opportunity in Selling OUSD’s Land; Put Public Housing over Private Profit

Oakland Unified has officially started the process to identify and sell land with the formation of the so called, 7-11 Committee.  The District is in dire financial straits, with many underutilized properties.  This could be a boon for the public and the district, or another boondoggle, where district assets are put into private hands, and…


Tallying the Final Costs of the Teachers’ Strike And Carrying the Voices of those Affected

Thankfully the Oakland teachers’ strike is over and kids and teachers are back in buildings. This was a painful time in Oakland for many of us and there is still healing that needs to happen.  There are both tangible and intangible costs to this all—and while we can calculate the lost revenue to OUSD, lost…


Celebrating Oakland’s Newest Champions – Oakland Tech & Oakland High!

Oakland High and Oakland Tech Girl’s Basketball brought home not one, but two CIF Championship wins this past month! Just a week after an intense teacher strike – We needed this WIN!  Almost a year after the OAL sports programs were threatened to be cut – We Needed this WIN! And this week, as a city we are mourning…


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…