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Oakland Schools Superintendent Antwan Wilson.

School District Leaders Earn Top Pay

Teachers and others in the school community are complaining that Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson’s administration is top-heavy with highly paid new administrators who had worked in Denver, CO public schools. <
Tim White, OUSD Deputy Chief of Facilities, Planning and Management.

Construction Chief Tim White Pushed Out of Oakland Unified He objected to property sales being “rammed down the community’s throat”

Interim Replacement Heads Company Found Guilty of Bribery in San Diego   The new administration of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) seems to be in a rush to replace the widely respected, longtime head [...]
McClymonds High School in Oakland.

Lack of Transparency in School Redesign Process, Says McClymonds Community

One of the five schools that Oakland Unified School District plans to totally transform is McClymonds High School in West Oakland, where many in the school community are saying they are still confused about what [...]
Supt. Antwan Wilson and Board President James Harris at a school board meeting. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Debate Heats Up Over Five Oakland Schools – Superintendent Walks Out of Board Meeting

A conflict has broken out between Supt. Antwan Wilson and the majority on the Oakland Board of Education over the fate of five flatland public schools and the meaning of the policy governing the quality [...]
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OP-ED: Black Future Month: The Need for Black Teachers

By Kimberly Mayfield-Lynch and Kitty Kelly Epstein   American schools need Black teachers. There is considerable documented evidence that Black students do better when they have more African-American teachers.
McClymonds community attends the school board meeting Wednesday, asking the district to inform them about what is planned for their school and saying they want to be included in the planning. Photo by Ken Epstein.

School District Faces Conflict Over Teacher Pay and “Redesign” of Five Schools

The Oakland Unified School District’s three new school board members and newly hired superintendent have taken their positions just as two of the district’s most protracted conflicts are coming to a head – poorly paid [...]
Members of the Oakland Education Association (OEA) marched on Monday in Oakland in the Martin Luther King Day Jr. march for #BlackLivesMatter. (Left to right) Front Row: Sayuri Sakkamoto, OEA President Trish Gorham, Natalia Cooper, Janan Apaydin; Back Row: Keith Brown, Lindah Martin, Bill Balderston. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Teachers Union Questions Redesign Plan for Five Schools

Parents, students and community members are hoping the Oakland Unified School District will provide specifics about the new “redesign” process that will take place this spring at five flatland schools: Fremont, McClymonds and Castlemont High [...]
School Board member Jumoke Hinton-Hodge

OP-ED: Castlemont, Fremont, and McClymonds Don’t Need to be Charters

By Jumoke Hinton Hodge, District 3 Oakland School Board Member The Oakland Post headline was shocking to say the least. There is nothing written or recorded stating schools would be turned over to charters in [...]
Longtime educator and coach at McClymonds, Ben Tapscott speaks at Tuesday's community meeting at McClymonds High School. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

McClymonds Community Speaks Out on OUSD Redesign “McClymonds will not become a charter,” Says District Official

Concerned about the future of their local neighborhood school, parents, teachers, and alumni of McClymonds High School showed up at a community meeting Tuesday night in the school cafeteria, looking for answers from the school [...]
Supt. Antwan Wilson and Board President James Harris at a school board meeting. Photo by Ken Epstein.

District Seeks to Explain Redesign Process for Five Schools

Parents, students, teachers and community members are struggling to understand exactly what the district has in mind for their schools after it announced the start of a “high quality” school redesign process at five Oakland [...]