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You Want to Know the Students of Richmond? Then You Gotta Live Here.

“OK, let’s go save these kids.” This was the expression used by a fellow teacher before the school year began. As I heard the expression, I wondered if the remark had any degree of truthfulness. Serving a community that is notorious for its poverty and high crime rate, as is the city of Richmond, California, can convince any outsider that… 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 →

Are you suffering from Blackache?

Diagnosis Blackache [blak-eyk] noun emotional and physical pain from hearing dumb *ss rationales as to why it’s ok to deny Black humanity constantly a condition that occurs when the confluence of rage, pain, and hopelessness consume you to the point where you shut down, take a knee or feel the urge to pick up some blunt object and throw it directly… 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 →

Rhetorical Education Wars From the Right and Left

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell Words matter.  What we call something affects public support for it. Is a medical meeting, “end of life counseling” or a “death panel”, the descriptions matter   So it’s not a coincidence, that we see Republican rhetoric… Read more →

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