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Education Voices: Teens take pride in Hispanic heritage

By Jessyca Pizana, Castlemont High School student Castlemont High School’s Latino population is higher than its African-American population. Over 50% of students are Latinos at Castlemont while 38.4% are...
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Education Voices: Youth search for identity in a fractured world

“People look at you as if they know you but they don’t know you, they just think they do,” said the 17-year-old Castlemont High School student. She had moved to Oakland five months earlier but had...
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Alameda County launches PR blitz against youth sex trafficking in Oakland

The public is being put on notice: When you see 12-year-olds, 13-year-olds or 17-year-olds sold for sex from the streets of Oakland you're witnessing child abuse and rape, usually under slave conditions. And...
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Education year in review: Oakland’s wonky and wondrous drew readers

The year 2013 was one of major change in education, with the state overhauling its school funding formula for the first time in decades and a national movement happening to boost rigor in school curricula....
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Potential Energy stoves innovates cooking, health solution for Sudan

Like a lot of things in this global economy, an apparatus designed here, manufactured 8,400 miles away, and assembled at yet a third place close to its users, is having a profound affect on lives. In this...
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Community groups help Oakland schools supply food to families over the holiday

It’s the day before the winter holiday break and two weeks of no school. Along with excitement about upcoming festivities and family gatherings, the mood here at West Oakland Middle School includes a bit of...
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Safeway donates 2,000 laptops to Oakland high schools

McClymond’s High School Senior Astee Carver is creating a business plan for her senior project on her Netbook using Prezi, a presentation app. Fanae Clark is learning how to code and Karden Howard is...
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Oakland schools budgeting process up for discussion on Wednesday

The Acting Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District wants to overhaul the budget to shift more money to schools with needy students in neighborhoods with lots of stress. Among other things, Dr....
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DreamCatcher shelter aims to be the stuff of dreams for homeless teenagers

It’s a warm place on cold nights, with couches to sit on, a television to watch and, around 5 p.m., dinner cooking on the stove. For homeless teenagers living on the streets, these comforts of a would-be...
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Common Core teaching comes to Oakland public schools

The sixth graders in Carlos Cabana's math class were explaining how zeros could be cancelled out as they reduced their long equations to only positive integers and then finally to answers. Using stacks of...