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Hack the Hood changes teens’ views of their prospects

Raeshon Williams didn't think of himself as a techie or an entrepreneur, but this summer he became both. The 19-year-old from East Oakland, who is now enrolled in community college and taking business...
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Fresh, locally sourced food in OUSD school meal program draws kudos

With its farmers markets at 17 schools, fresh produce dished up in 36,800 meals a day, and programs like "California Thursdays," where it serves only food grown in state, Oakland Unified School District has...
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Oakland students, parents, talk about Local Control Funding for schools

Students at Fremont High School said new funds coming to their school should be spent on counselors and mentors for students. Their peers at Skyline High said they’d like to see higher teacher salaries to...
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Oakland City Council tentatively chooses one redistricting plan, vote upcoming

After months of public discussion on how Oakland's voting districts might be changed and with 50 proposed maps to consider, the Oakland City Council voted nearly unanimously Tuesday night to tentatively...
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OUSD to expand Linked Learning internship programs for high school students

Hoping to encourage more kids to graduate high school and pursue college, Oakland Unified School District announced Wednesday an expanded program of career internships for high schoolers and enlisted the help...
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Alameda County children and teens consuming their way to health problems

A soda in a West Oakland mini-mart costs 99 cents, while an energy drink named Armor Body costs $1.29, and another, Rockstar Super Sour, costs $2.25. Orange juice costs $2.49 for a smaller bottle, and water is...
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East Bay Children’s Book Project gives away 1 million books

A million books -- one million -- put in the hands of children. The East Bay Children’s Book Project, a volunteer-run effort to collect and distribute books to kids with scant access to books, reached that...
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City Council will look at two maps in its redistricting debate tonight

Some 48 maps or pieces of maps that suggest various redistricting possibilities for the City of Oakland have been honed down to two maps. The City Council will discuss those two maps at its meeting tonight,...
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Suddenly everyone is interested in school attendance

It’s as if the grown-up world is waking up to the struggles children face just getting to school. This week the state’s Attorney General -- its highest law enforcement official -- issued a call to...
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Tests for Common Core shed light on need for computers, a digital divide, in Oakland

Some Oakland teachers and parents are questioning a plan by California to ask public school students to take standardized tests on computers, saying such a plan will deepen the digital divide and the...