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About 150 people attended the school district´s town hall meeting Saturday to talk about the hiring of a new superintendent of schools.

Oakland Parents Demand New Schools Chief Who Works for Black, Latino and Special Ed Students

A growing number of parents, students and educators are signing petitions and attending town hall meetings to demand the Oakland Board of Education hire a new superintendent for the public schools who has long term [...]

McClymonds High School Raises Money for South Africa Trip

  This past Sunday, a few of MACK’s State Championship football players, cheerleaders, and other students from the OUSD Alternatives in Action Program at MACK could be seen washing cars in the school parking lot [...]

Marin City Library to Screen Acclaimed Documentary “13th”, Feb. 21st

  “13th,” Ava DuVernay’s documentary on mass incarceration and the American prison system, will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Marin City Library at 164 Donahue Street in Marin City.   [...]

Sonoma State President Promotes  Higher Education in Church

    Sonoma State University President Judy K. Sakaki spoke last Sunday at Beebe Memorial Church in Oakland to encourage young people to go college as part of the 12th annual California State University Super [...]
Azariah Cole-Shephard, center, holds her award while she is surrounded by family and council members. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Azariah Cole-Shephard Honored by City Poet plans to start a nonprofit to help Oakland youth patent their ideas

Azariah Cole-Shephard, the 18-year-old Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, was honored by the city this week for artistic contributions to Oakland and for her work advocating for youth.   After the honor was awarded to Cole-Shephard [...]

San Francisco First US City to Make Community College Free

  Courtesy of Telesur   In an age of rising higher education costs, San Francisco has become the first city to make community college free. The announcement comes amid Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of [...]
Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) Supt. L. Karen Monroe spoke at Wednesday's special school board, explaining why her office downgraded the district's financial health and issued a  public Letter of Fiscal Concern. Shown (L to R) are Board President James Harris, Interim OUSD Supt. Devin Dillon and ACOE Supt. Monroe. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Oakland School Board Demands Full Disclosure of Budget Shortfall Board majority postpones resolution to cut $14 million next year

Demanding budget transparency, the Oakland Board of Education voted this week to postpone making $14 million in cuts that staff was recommending for next school year, saying they wanted administrators to answer questions about how [...]