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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.
Book cover of "Granny, Who is God?" 2014. Illustration by Virginia Jourdan.

Writer Carmen Bogan Promotes Literacy with Children’s Book

Granny, who is God?   In her illustrated multicultural children’s book, author Carmen Bogan entertains this question that has probably lingered in the minds of most small children. <
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OP-ED: Full Circle – How I Discovered a Passion for Public Health

By Quiana Lewis   (Quiana Lewis joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2014 as a program associate, working to build a Culture of Health by helping people attain stable, affordable health coverage.)