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STUDY: OUSD’s plan to reduce meat and dairy in school lunches pays off

A new case study from Friends of the Earth shows that reducing meat and cheese in school lunches doesn’t just save money, it also proves an effective strategy for mitigating climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of the school. Friends of the Earth Partnered with Oakland, California’s Unified School District for this case study, which showed that a 30 percent reduction… Read more →

#MyBlackHistory: My Parents Decided to Go Back to College 30 Years Later. Here’s How My Story Inspired Them.

Recently, the story of my parents, Renate and Charles Cole, went viral after I tweeted on social media: “My parents went back to college together and they graduated today. Together #salute.” After years of battling drug addiction, it wasn’t easy but from watching my own education journey they also knew it wasn’t impossible. HERE’S HOW MY STORY INSPIRED THEM TO GO… Read more →

Be informed, get involved, vote in Oakland school board election Nov. 8th

Almost nothing is more important to the health of a city than how well it educates its kids. So, if you care about Oakland, you need to care about who runs the schools. On November 8th you can do more than “care” in the passive sense. You can activate all of the power a democracy affords citizens by voting for folks… Read more →

I Don’t Understand Why My Child’s Oakland Public School Receives Less Funding

To the Oakland Unified School District/Oakland School Board: My name is Brandon Dawkins, and I am an Oakland resident, community leader and taxpayer, as well as a father to three young scholars attending Vincent Academy in West Oakland. When my wife and I moved to West Oakland almost 7 years ago, we were looking a good school for my daughter… Read more →

Supporting Our Black Parents and Cutting Through Political Slush

Recently, the NAACP called for a moratorium on Charter Schools, which would deal a blow to African American families and their right to choice in places such as California. There are a lot of families not sure what to make of the call by the NAACP but here is my message directly to parents most impacted.    Demand choice and quality… Read more →

Dr. Stanley Breaking Down the Data

In the wake of the recent NAACP position on school choice for Black parents, there has been a lot of conversation. I had the good fortune to be involved in one of those conversations where Dr. Brian Stanley breaks down the facts on Oakland through data. [View the story “Dr. Stanley Breaking Down the Data on Why A Moratorium on… Read more →

Hey Oakland, Let’s Bring the Excitement Back to Mack

I just want to bring the excitement back to Mack. I want it to be a place we’re all proud of. McClymonds High School is the place where I, and so much of my family, attended, and graduated. It’s also a place where too few kids graduate today. Together, we—families, teachers, the district, community folks and activists like me—have a… Read more →

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