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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Marcus Foster Education Fund to celebrate 40th anniversary of the support of educational excellence in Oakland

The Marcus Foster Education Fund, which for 40 years has helped support academic achievement in Oakland public schools and other local education initiatives, will celebrate its historic anniversary milestone on Thursday, March 27 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Rotunda Building in downtown Oakland. The theme of the event is “The Power of Education.” City

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Volunteer with Oakland’s libraries! (Community Voices)

by Shanthi Gonzales One of the benefits of serving on the Library Advisory Commission has been getting to know all the amazing people who volunteer for the city’s libraries. There is a whole constellation of ways that...

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Oakland by the numbers: 3/25/14

685.5 hours are offered weekly by the Oakland Library to the general public. 12,836 more people are listed as Female than Male in Oakland, according to the Census Bureau. 98 public schools currently operate in Oakland. 152...

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Our home, love it or leave it, part two (Community Voices)

By Khevin LaGrone Earlier this month, the media focused on another 10K program to lure new residents to Oakland. Why didn’t the announcement focus on current Oakland citizens? Later, as if an afterthought or response to political criticism, the...

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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...

Monday, February 17th, 2014

How we choose to spend our education dollars (Community Voices)

Last month, the publication Education Week released its annual “Quality Counts” report that, not surprisingly, showed once again California is at the very bottom in the nation for  per-pupil spending. California came in 49th, having spent $8,482...

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

And the winner is . . . Great children’s literature! (Community Voices)

News From the East Bay Children’s Book Project The Oscars are still a month away, but the Association for Library Service to Children just issued their annual awards for children’s literature, so let’s celebrate! The Caldecott Medal...

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Library tour highlights inequity in OUSD (Community Voices)

By Kari Hatch In November, a Community Study Group was organized in Oakland to examine the role of the school library in today’s technological world. The culminating event of this effort was the January “Imagining A New...

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Investing in libraries is an investment in public safety (Community Voices)

I want to use this month’s column to talk about investing.  What does a Library Commissioner know about investing? Well, to invest is to commit money or capital in order to gain a financial return.  Our city...

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A plea for change in OUSD (Community Voices)

By Brian Rogers, Executive Director of Rogers Family Foundation Last month, the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released. The NAEP, oftentimes referred to as “The Nation’s Report Card,” is a nationwide standardized...

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