Tag Archive for school reform

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 →

The Two Types of Leaders

There are two types of leaders in this education work and beyond. The first type is the Why I Can’t type. The second type is the Why Can’t I? type.   The Why I Can’t type will encounter an issue and he will give you a long list of reasons why they can’t be successful. They will blame others. They… Read more →

Choosers, Losers, Abusers and “Opportunity Hoarding” in Oakland

School choice can divide us into winners and losers.  In fact it already has.  I am talking about charters. But not just charters, also those lucky enough to be able to choose where they live, with corresponding quality neighborhood schools, or have the resources to hustle their kid into an-out-of neighborhood or private option, the so-called “opportunity hoarders.” I don’t… 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: Working with Community to Transform Education in West Oakland

In Oakland, I’ve had the pleasure of spending the last few months working with educators and community members on rethinking education in West Oakland. It’s work that I take to heart. Since there are multiple streams of work, I’ll focus solely on my experience. Five schools in West Oakland answered a call for quality schools — meaning they would work… Read more →

LISTEN: Superintendent Antwan Wilson on KQED Discussing his views on Charter Expansions

Superintendent Antwan Wilson joined KQED for a conversation regarding charters in California. He was asked to comment on the notion that charter school advocates are pushing to double the amount of charters in Oakland by 2022. Take a listen. Points I found interesting: Supt. Wilson was adamant that he remains agnostic on the topic of charters He focused on quality… Read more →

RESPONSE: Former Lafayette Principal Responds to Article Detailing Former Student’s Experience

A while back, I wrote an article that discussed work happening at a West Oakland elementary school. In that article, I asked the question of who should I blame my pre-ed reform education on if a plurality of people are now blaming charter schools and big money. Former Lafayette Principal, Karen Haynes offered a thoughtful response. Enjoy.  As a former,… Read more →

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