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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Poetry in Oakland: A National Poetry Slam sample

Oakland was home to the National Poetry Slam last week. Spoken Word poets from all around the country came to speak their craft. One of the most moving sessions was “Disability, Visible and Invisible,” and below is a poem by first place winners in the Group Piece Finals, Mallary McHenry and Chris Walonski of Colorado. “Mental

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Oakland teens take on fast food industry in new video

Ever think about how that processed sugar, white flour and trans-fat grease in fast food is not all that different than drugs? That’s the message some Oakland teenagers present in their new music video, Are You Loving...

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Ready for kindergarten? In Oakland, hunger and fatigue play a role

Most kids starting kindergarten in Oakland public schools are not ready for the demands of school. What’s in their way? Hunger. Hunger and tiredness and illness, according to a report released this month. Here in America, in...

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Oakland startup Educents brings savings to educators

It’s a sad truth that teachers dig into their own pockets to buy supplies for their classrooms, typically spending $500 a year. What if they could spend $20 instead of $90 for, say, science curriculum game apps,...

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Talk and read to your baby, Hillary Clinton and local groups advise

Read to your little children. Talk to them. Sing to them. If you do they’ll be smarter. That advice seems like common sense in some ways, but yesterday, Hillary Clinton came to town to join a coalition...

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

UPDATE – Emeryville’s TubeMogul to go public in big IPO

UPDATE – TubeMogul on Thursday morning filed an amendment to its stock offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission significantly lowering the offering price to $7 to $8 a share from its stated $11 to $13 a share offering as...

Friday, July 11th, 2014

New app shows Oakland schools’ academic performance–right on your phone

There’s a new app about Oakland public schools that might help parents figure out which schools are strong and where their kids might be well served. Usable on a desktop or mobile device, it’s free at http://bit.ly/OaklandScoreMap, and it’s...

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

New Oakland schools superintendent promises action (Video)

The first day on the job, Oakland Unified’s new superintendent Antwan Wilson said OUSD is not going to ignore problems sometimes considered  “too hard” for school districts to overcome, such as the toll that deep poverty and trauma...

Monday, June 16th, 2014

OUSD students gain a say in local control plan

Ever since California passed its historic new “Local Control” education funding law last year, school districts have been tasked with coming up with their own plans on how best to spend their education dollars as well as how...

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

When the sea levels rise in the Bay, where will it hurt in Oakland?

The shoreline along Oakland is a checkerboard quilt of cement, steel and wetlands, with grassy estuaries sandwiched between walls of cement where old terminal buildings rise from the shore, steel pipes send effluent to the Bay and...

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