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Movement Begins Against Increased Standardized Testing of Teachers

It’s tough and expensive to become a teacher. For most people in California it now requires five different standardized tests, a year of classes and six months of unpaid labor AFTER completion of the B.A.Now [...]
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Kamala D. Harris and Legislators Unveil Truancy Law

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris this week announced a package of legislation to help local school districts and communities address California’s elementary school truancy crisis.Each year, an estimated one million elementary school students are truant, [...]
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Overcomers With Hope Offers Youth Digital Arts Training

Overcomers With Hope (OWH) Television Broadcast Digital Arts Media Training Program based in Oakland is set to re-launch its services to underserved youth. The state-of-the-art facility is housed in the Liberty Hall – Marcus Garvey [...]
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Whistle Blowing Teacher Says He Faces Firing for Revealing Discrimination

Brian Crowell, a Berkeley High School history teacher, is locked in a fight with his school and district over the Berkeley Peer Assistance and Review (B-PAR) program, which was originally designed to help underperforming teachers [...]
Eric Nobles, a senior at Dewey Academy in Oakland, was one of five teen-agers selected to be storytellers for the "Griots of Oakland" project. Photo courtesy of Oakland North.

“The Griots of Oakland” Exhibit to Visit Local Schools

A traveling version of the popular exhibit, The Griots of Oakland – Voices from the African American Oral History Project, will be shown at McClymonds Youth & Family Center (Alternatives in Action), Alliance Academy and [...]
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Gala Honors African Studies at UC Berkeley

By Cathy Cockrell The spirit of revival and rebirth was evoked at last Saturday’s Renaissance Gala, a fundraiser benefiting the Department of African American Studies and scholarships for African American students at UC Berkeley.
Science Camp at Jones Gulch in La Honda. Photo courtesy of YMCA SF

Stockton School District Approves Weeklong 6th Grade Science Camp

Lincoln Unified School District trustees last week approved funding to send all of the district’s sixth-graders to a weeklong science camp at Jones Gulch in La Honda in the 2015-16 school year.School officials estimate the [...]