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Oakland Attendance Awards: Solutions for Chronic Absence

West Oakland Middle School Principal Ron Smith knows when any of the students at his school are absent. And he remembers each one as well -- missing students can expect him to ask them why they missed school...
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One of the most important decisions of 2014 (Community Voices)

This year, voters in Oakland will have the opportunity to elect new leaders, including the mayor of our city. Oakland’s public schools will also have a new leader this year, but the Superintendent of...
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OUSD board debates school options for kids (Community Voices)

At a recent Oakland Unified School District Board Meeting, two directors offered their views on charter schools in Oakland. During the meeting, the Board voted to approve two new charter schools: East Bay...
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How is the transition to the new Common Core standards going in Oakland schools? (Community Voices)

This year, California becomes one of 44 states to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English and math. The Common Core is meant to raise the bar. Nearly 60 percent of first-year college students...
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Every day counts in school (Community Voices)

When you're a kid, you don't see how much work your parents put into getting you out the door to school on time every day. I know I had no clue (retroactively, thanks Mom!). It's not easy, especially for a...
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Be the change you wish to see in OUSD (Community Voices)

Wish you could be in the driver's seat for how to improve teaching? For Oakland teachers: This year, you can. This past spring, two new teacher evaluation pilots were approved by the OEA and OUSD. For a...
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Alameda Grand Jury reports on OUSD (Community Voices)

According to the 2012-2013 Alameda County Grand Jury, each year, 13 percent of Oakland’s teachers leave the district. That is twice the state average, and 70 percent are gone within five years. The grand...
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Good news in OUSD’s budget (Community Voices)

After the Oakland Unified School District's last meeting of the school year at the end of June, school site budgets in Oakland are getting $4.5 million more and there is funding for the teacher development...
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OUSD names new school board member

The OUSD school board just voted to appoint Anne Campbell-Washington to represent District 4, given former board member Gary Yee's appointment as Acting Superintendent. Anne Campbell-Washington is the...