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Raiders Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown (center) helped present a $200,000 field surface grant to help install a synthetic turf surface at the Elmhurst Campus in East Oakland. From left to right:  Raiderettes Marcy and Morgan, OUSD Board of Education President James Harris, Alliance Academy Principal Stacey Wyatt, Visit Oakland CEO Alison Best, Elmhurst Community Prep student Damian Warren, Raiders Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown, Elmhurst Community Prep Principal Kilian Betlach, Alliance Academy student Tavita Halatoa, East Bay Asian Youth Center Executive Director David Kakishiba, Marsha Murrington of Bay Area LISC, Raiderettes Kelly and Kindra. (Photo courtesy of Tony Gonzales/

Oakland Raiders, LISC Award $200,000 Grant to East Bay Asian Youth Center

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot.   The Oakland Raiders and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), [...]

Hunger Strikers Take Their Fight to Save Chicago High School to Nation’s Capital 

Your ads will be inserted here byEasy Plugin for AdSense.Please go to the plugin admin page toPaste your ad code OR Suppress this ad slot.   Activists from Chicago have been on a hunger strike [...]
Oakland Unified School District Governing Board. Standing (l-r): President James Harris, Director Roseann Torres, Director Aimee Eng, Vice President Jody London, Director Nina Senn, Director Shanthi Gonzales, Superintendent Antwan Wilson
Seated (l-r): former Student Director Katebah Al-Olefi, General Counsel Jacqueline Minor, Director Jumoke Hinton Hodge, former Student Director Carmen Jimenez

Has Representative Democracy Broken Down at Oakland Unified?

Local residents are raising concerns about “meeting procedures” and “meeting norms” dictating the behavior of the Oakland Board of Education, which could limit board members’ ability to lead the district, as they were elected to [...]
Photo courtesy of Yasmin Anwar.

Africa’s bright young scholars take on Berkeley

  By Yasmin Anwar, Berkeley News   First comes the honeymoon, then the culture shock, followed by an adjustment period and finally mastery. That’s the “U-Curve” trajectory typically experienced by international students, according to the [...]
Photo courtesy of The Richmond Standard.

Kennedy High Woodshop Teacher Gets Students on Career Track

A lot of building goes on in woodshop teacher James Henderson’s classroom at Kennedy High, and not just chairs, benches and library shelves.   The award-winning teacher also helps his students build character and careers [...]
Educators who spoke at last Sunday's Post Salon were (L to R) Dr. Kimberly Mayfield, Francisco Ortiz and Dr. Kitty Kelly Epstein. The event was held at Geoffrey's Inner Circle in downtown Oakland. Photo by Jaron Epstein.

The Joys and Struggles of Public School Teaching, Discussed at Post Salon 

  About 70 people attended the Post newspaper’s most recent Salon to discuss the joys of teaching in the public schools and the policy barriers facing U.S. education. 
Photo Courtesy of OTX WEST

Free Computer and Six Months Free Internet for Oakland Students

Oakland Technology Exchange (OTX) is a nonprofit that is offering a free desktop computer or free laptop to Oakland Unified School District students. Students can also sign up six months of free internet service.