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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 poem by first place winners in the Group Piece Finals, Mallary McHenry and Chris Walonski of Colorado. “Mental

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,...

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

From Oakland’s Deep East to China’s Far East with EOYDC (Community Voices)

On July 5, 2014, a group of 14 African-American men departed the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), en route to China. As these young men hugged their families goodbye, they left Deep East Oakland for a 14-day...

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Stopping gentrification in OUSD: Update on the displacement of Dewey and privatization of public land (Community Voices)

By Aram Mendoza and N. Finch, in collaboration with Dewey teachers Since we last wrote about the development deal that would potentially displace Dewey Academy and sell off public land, we’ve witnessed inspiring awareness and mobilization among...

Friday, July 11th, 2014

New app shows Oakland schools’ academic performance–right on your phone

There’s a new app about Oakland public schools that might help parents figure out which schools are strong and where their kids might be well served. Usable on a desktop or mobile device, it’s free at http://bit.ly/OaklandScoreMap, and it’s...

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Dewey Academy in danger of displacement: Gentrification and the Oakland Unified School District (Community Voices)

By Aram Mendoza and N. Finch in collaboration with Dewey teachers Displacement of longtime low-income residents due to gentrification has been an all too common story in the Bay Area recently. Now the same insidious process is...

Monday, June 16th, 2014

OUSD students gain a say in local control plan

Ever since California passed its historic new “Local Control” education funding law last year, school districts have been tasked with coming up with their own plans on how best to spend their education dollars as well as how...

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Oakland school board denies charter for Reems, seeks parcel tax for its high schools

A tiny K-8th grade charter school that serves kids in East Oakland’s most dangerous and desperate neighborhood lost its charter Wednesday night after an emotional session before the Oakland board of education. (see more below) In a...

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