Beautiful Places in Mexico; Jovani’s Final Blog

Jovani Maldonado was a 10th grader at Latitude High School in Oakland, he was killed in an automobile accident last weekend. His family is trying to raise money for his burial, please help if you can, this is his story. I am so sorry I did not publish it when he could have seen it.…


The State of Quality Education in Oakland-“I Deserve An Education System That Is Working as Hard as I Am” -A Student Perspective

By: Erin Simmons EOYDC and Energy Convertors Student Leader To have quality in anything is to have possession of something incomparable: nothing can come close to it and nothing can surpass it. When know you have quality, you feel fulfilled and satisfied. Unfortunately, quality is probably the last word I would use to describe education in…


“You Got Booed by Educators from the Outside and Not Protected by Educators on the Inside”-A Student Reflection from the Last Big Strike

We all side with teachers, custodians, and all the other underpaid folks working for the babies and hardly making it themselves.  It should not be like this in a rich state in a rich country.  Many of us also worry about the students and families that really need the schools, and what it means to…


Haifa’s Story, How it Changed Oakland Tech, and Hopefully Other Schools: The Critical Role of Youth Voice in Equity

Haifa was forced to choose between her faith and her school.  She chose her faith and transferred out of Oakland Tech during her freshwoman year.  The school many consider Oakland’s crown jewel.  She is in college now, but her legacy lasts, through a formal policy change there, and at other schools—hopefully including yours. Here is…


False Narratives on Oakland Schools; How Discrimination at Tech Forced Me Out and How I Found Community at Mack

(A Guest post from Haifa Algabri An Oakland graduate who was born in Yemen and raised in West Oakland an unapologetically Muslim woman who speaks her truth.  An aspiring physician at Mills College double majoring in Biopsychology and Public Health and Health Equity. Her goal in life is to be of service to every community…