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Monday, September 29th, 2014

More graduate from Oakland schools, and other OUSD data points

After years of reform, some things are improving at Oakland Unified School District. More kids are graduating and fewer are dropping out, with the graduation rate rising to 66.8 percent for June 2013, according to data released last week. Suspensions are down by a third since 2012 and enrollment held steady this year from last

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Oakland folks join People’s Climate March in NYC, here (Storify)

As 310,000 marchers wound their way through the streets of New York City at the People’s Climate March, the biggest environmental march in history, Oakland rallied in solidarity. Several thousand people gathered at Lake Merritt to walk and...

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Oakland street food: Meet the people who make it

It’s 5:30 a.m., dark and cold. Even so, most of the approximately 200 street food vendors who sell in Oakland are already hard at work, shopping for their ingredients or slicing, mixing and cooking what they will...

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Free computers and Internet for Oakland schoolkids, an upcycle opportunity for the rest of us

High-speed Internet access, and computers to use it, have become as essential in education as textbooks. But many kids in Oakland don’t have access to high-speed connections at home, or sometimes even computers, which puts them at a huge...

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Oakland Local launches “Street food: Meet the people who make it”

We rely on them to nourish us with their Tandoori chicken, grilled vegetable burritos, Chapati and lentil stews.  We count on their convenient locations when we are rushing around or just want to be outdoors instead of...

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...

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...

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