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Posted Oct. 4, 2021

Education Activist Dirk Tillotson Was as Real as They Come

Last Friday, October 1, Oakland education activist Dirk Tillotson was murdered in his home. He was as real as they come, self-described as the “patron…

By Courtney Martin

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Posted Sep. 17, 2021

My Toxic but Open Relationship With Education Activism

Transparent moment. There have been at least 50 separate occasions throughout my adult life where I’ve contemplated leaving this rollercoaster of a relationship I have…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 11, 2021

Urban White Families Show New Energy for Racial Justice, but Do They Want It in Their Schools?

The day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison for killing George Floyd, writer Melinda D. Anderson…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

By Reyna Morales

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Posted Dec. 16, 2020

Here’s Why Oakland Parents Are Suing California

It might be the holidays, but we’re not slowing down our fight with our children’s futures at stake.  That’s why the week after Thanksgiving, The…

By Lakisha Young

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Posted Dec. 14, 2020

Better Late Than Never, OUSD Commits to Housing on Unused Properties

In California, growing numbers of school districts are putting their vacant land and buildings to work to house vulnerable students and families. In November, Oakland…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Dec. 4, 2020

How Low Will Standards Go for Underserved Parents? Oakland Families Are About to Find Out.

“My baby wants to go to Stanford,” an irate grandmother told me, “and this is what they give me.” She sent me a series of texts…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Dec. 2, 2020

California Parents and Advocates Sue for the Constitutional Right to Education

The Oakland REACH is an Oakland-based, parent-run, parent-led group committed to empowering families from our most underserved communities to demand high-quality schools for our children.…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Aug. 13, 2020

Demand #InternetForAll for 15 Million Students Who Are #LoggedOut

On Wednesday, August 26, education activists and organizations around the country are staging a national day of action, demanding that every student have access to…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Aug. 4, 2020

Some Kids Need a Brick and Mortar School. I Know Because I Was One of Them.

The most terrifying and dangerous experiences I had as a child were at home. I am not alone. My mother battled demons and heard voices,…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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