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Special education classroom. Photo courtesy of www.thestoryofus.info.

Complaint Filed Against Oakland Unified for “System-wide Violations of Rights of Children with Disabilities”

Disability Rights of California has filed a complaint against the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) on behalf of the district’s special education students, alleging that “OUSD’s policies and practices result in system-wide violations of the [...]
Mural at MLK Jr. Elementary School in West Oakland.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary Develops Literacy and STEM Programs

West Oakland’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School is on the rise. A highly involved administration and staff, along with growing parent involvement and community support, has provided the school with the resources to blossom [...]
Lance Jackson, COO of Seville Group Inc., is the new interim chief of the Facilities and Planning Department for the Oakland school district.

OUSD Consultant Lance Jackson’s Company Sued in Corruption Scandal

The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is paying consultant Lance Jackson to head its Facilities Planning and Management Department through the district’s contract with Seville Group Inc. (SGI), while Jackson continues working as an executive [...]
Oakland Schools Superintendent Antwan Wilson.

Intel Partners with Oakland Schools to Expand Computer, Engineering Programs

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) celebrated a new partnership with Intel that will expand computer science and engineering offerings in the district and is designed to create a technology jobs pipeline from Oakland public schools [...]
Teachers at Cleveland Elementary School rally for a new contract.

Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike Against School District

Oakland teachers have voted to authorize a strike against the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) if they do not settle their contract by the time school opens next fall.
Latino Action Network members (L to R): Victor Martinez, steering committee; Emma Roos, co-chair; Yolanda Schonbrun, co-chair; and Jorge Lerma, lifetime educator. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Latinos Significantly Underrepresented in Teaching and Other Jobs in OUSD Supt. Antwan Wilson: “We have to embody the diversity of this community”

While Latino youth make up 41 percent and still growing numbers of students in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), they are a disproportionately small part of the OUSD workforce, significantly in the classroom, where [...]
Lance Jackson, COO of Seville Group Inc., is the new interim chief of the Facilities and Planning Department for the Oakland school district.

OP-ED: Lance Jackson Contract Is Critical to the Success of OUSD

The leadership of the Oakland Unified School District facilities department is critical for the success of our schools. There are hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars at stake – small mistakes can become million dollar [...]
Jacqueline Minor, General Counsel for the Oakland Unified School District.

Concerns Raised at OUSD Over Jackson’s $30,000 Per Month, Conflict of Interest Jackie Minor Sets Jackson’s Pay Rate, Says School Board Approval Not Necessary

Oakland Unified School District officials are struggling to explain why there is no conflict of interest in hiring Lance Jackson as the interim chief of the district’s bond-funded construction projects and that Jackson’s $30,000 a [...]