Digital Apartheid in the Age of COVID, Making the Right to Online Access for ALL Students a Reality

During segregation at least we had dilapidated schools, and the backs of buses to sit in.  For today’s digital second-class citizens, those families without access to the internet, they can’t even get into the digital schoolhouse door.  The digital divide for the unconnected is a cliff in the age of remote schooling.   Either you are…


Opening Doors to HBCUs, How AIMS and the NAACP got $5 million in Scholarships for Oakland Kids

$5 million in scholarships. On the spot. 144 instant college acceptances. On the spot. That’s a lot of money for college a lot of Oakland public school students.  Last week, American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) partnered with National College Resources, and the Oakland NAACP to host over 18 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS)  at…


Who Deserves an Opportunity Ticket and Will OUSD Remain a “District of Exceptions”

Closing public schools hurts some families.  Those families at the closing school bear the burden of the failures of adults to make either short term of long-term decisions, or to faithfully implement them for children.  And they likely never see any concrete benefit from the district saving money.  The pain from school closures are felts…


On Progressive Cities Failing Black Kids & Mentorship between Generations, A SoBEORant with Chris Stewart

A guest SoBEORants podcast and transcription from Dr. Charles Cole III interviewing educational activist Chris Stewart on the hypocrisy of liberal cities and the latest report from Brightbeam, comparing rhetoric and outcomes in cities like and including Oakland. ” Man, I need to just rant about these liberals, bro. I mean, honestly, especially in education,…


Last Week’s McClymonds Environmental Town Hall Meeting, A Recap and Video

Parents, Students and Community members jam packed The West Oakland Community Center to get a update on the status of McClymonds High School’s campus temporary closure due to a recently found contaminant called trichloroethylene, or (TCE) for short, underneath the school site in its ground water. The complete video is here, with the Mayor, Councilmember…