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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 [...]
Principal Misha Karigaca

District Removes Popular Principal and Will “Co-locate” Charter School at Westlake

Westlake Middle School students, parents and teachers are angry and confused after learning in the past week that the district has decided to “co-locate” a charter school onto their campus and remove their beloved principal, [...]
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Opinion: “Common Enrollment” Is a Misfit for the Problems That Plague Oakland Schools Retaining and improving principals and teachers should be the top priority

By Roseann Torres   As a Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Board of Education member for the past three years representing District 5, I have remained committed to the basic reason I ran for the [...]
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Charter School Teachers Fired Two teachers fired for Blowing Whistle on Lack of Special Education, English Learner Instruction

Two whistleblowing teachers at the Oakland Charter Academy, part of the Amethod Public Schools network, are alleging that they were fired without notice on the last day before Christmas vacation after they complained that the [...]
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Op-Ed: Charter Schools Association Responds to School District Errors

By Patrick Walsh     Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) recently published its annual “Enrollment Options Guide,” which was intended to be a resource for local families. However, the publication contained numerous errors and excluded [...]