Elementary Schools that Showed Progress with Black Children, You Should Have Gotten Your Offers, Now Make Your Choice

Where you send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make.  We haven’t had new school quality data from the state due to distance learning, so the data is from the 2018-19 school year and I wanted to highlight some of the schools making progress with Oakland children, and…


BayTech Recognized with Award for Ed Tech Tactics

At some schools, it’s just accepted that COVID-19 will increase the digital divide and harm vulnerable students the most. Not BayTech. Two years ago, Bay Area Technology School (BayTech), an East Oakland charter school made a big investment to bring in more computer-aided programs to help accelerate student learning. Talk about timely — when the pandemic…


A-G Convo with Myself: We need to Dump the D

By Dr. Charles Cole, III 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 rates may be rising, Black and Brown students are not graduating eligible for one of the largest public university systems in…


The Latest Test Results for OUSD; Huge Gaps, Little Progress

While protesters try to shut down the school board, and some school board members micromanage around pet issues and pet peeves, Black and Brown kids are failing and being failed. In OUSD, 11.7% of Black children are on grade level in math, 18.6% can read.  For Latinx children, the numbers are 16.5% in math and…


Over 1,000 Unhoused Youth in OUSD, The Latest Fact Sheet, and What OUSD Can Do

OUSD counted 1,001 unhoused students last year, 64% of those were Newcomers, and of the non Newcomers, more than half of the unhoused students were Black.  You can see all the data in the latest fact sheet.   The news is depressing, Oakland has the highest percentage of homeless in the entire state according to a…