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Oakland Schools in Turmoil as District Threatens to Remove 17 Principals

As the school year begins to wind down, planning is underway for next year. But many of Oakland’s schools – especially flatland schools – are in turmoil and are anxiously worrying whether the district administration [...]
The Westlake Middle School community stood at the Wednesday School Board meeting to demontrate  with their  solidarity with principal Misha Karigaca, who the distict is removing from the school. Photo by Ken Epstein

Are Oakland Public Schools Being Displaced by Local Charters? Displacement, lack of jobs forcing families out; school sites eyed by luxury developers

Oakland teachers, parents and students who are dedicated to maintaining and improving their schools are increasingly finding themselves in conflict with a school district leadership that is committed to turning over more space at their [...]
Among those protesting at the GO Public Schools fundraiser  were (L to R): Mike Avila,educator and parent; Natalia Cooper, teachers' union executive board member and special education teacher; Mike Hutchinson, school board candidate District 5; and Deirdre Snyder, teacher. Photo by Ken Epstein

Mayor Speaks at Fundraiser to Support Pro-Charter School Board Candidates

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were keynote speakers this week at a $250-a-person election fundraiser for Great Oakland (GO) Public Schools, which protesters say is an organization that backs [...]
OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson. Photo courtesy of Oakland North.

New York Times Looks at National Significance of Oakland’s Fight Over Billionaire-Backed Charter Schools

A front-page article published recently in the New York Times examines the battle in Oakland over the growing power of corporate-backed charter schools, which the Times says could impact the future of public education across [...]