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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 →

CNN, Putting Murdered Black Men on Trial Makes You the WORST Type of Sucka

I’m upset, so I’m just going to get to the point. Posting mugshots of Black men that were just murdered by cops just hours after makes you a sucka. Sure, I can write that in a more flowery way. I can discuss how the racist undertones and dog whistle reporting actually does nothing but further numb the masses to the… Read more →

Stray Thoughts on Common Enrollment and the Politics of Choice

I live in Oakland and there’s a lot of talk about charter schools and consequentially, those talks have splintered off into other related topics. One of those topics is Common Enrollment.   Common Enrollment, which has other names such as Unified Enrollment or One App, has been the new apple in the eye of both reformers and anti-reformers. I’ve written… Read more →

ICYM: Applaud with Caution

I originally published this in 2013, but the message is as relevant as ever. Congrats to everyone graduation this month. The journey is just beginning. 1-Luv! – C. Cole Let’s start this the right way, congrats to all my young black men that just graduated from high school. I know this is a huge moment for you and you are… Read more →

Questions for Black Parents to Ask their Child’s Teacher and School

I spent nearly five years at a nonprofit focused on getting students in and through college. Many of the students we got were not on track to graduate high school when we got them yet we did a great job of getting students caught up and on the right track. I spent much of my time working closely with counselors,… Read more →

The Costs of No Rigor: Why Demanding Higher Quality is Better than Opting Out

I recently read a report titled, “Out of Pocket: The High Cost of Inadequate High Schools and High School Student Achievement on College Affordability“. The article had some eye opening stats. Here’s a few: 1:4 students entering college had to enroll in remedial coursework This costs students and families $1.5 Billion! 45% of these students came from middle to upper class… Read more →

VIDEO: Three Former OUSD Students Discuss Their Experience in Our District

In a hyper-politicized education environment, arguments tend to lose any semblance of humanity. I wanted to have a real conversation with real students about education. I had the opportunity to sit with three former OUSD students. Collectively they went to both traditional public schools and public charter schools. They had positive and negative encounters in each of those settings. I’ll… Read more →

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