Oakland Unified School District has had student absence rates above 20% in January.
Category: Education Equity
Oakland high schoolers prepare to ‘boycott’ over COVID safety
With omicron surging, over a thousand students have signed a petition calling on OUSD to do more to make campuses safer.
Here’s where Oakland Unified could make $50 million in budget cuts
The school board will vote by the end of the month on the reductions, which will impact school sites and central office staff.
Oakland schools are facing $50M in cuts. Here are some budget basics
With Oakland’s school board under pressure to make major reductions, we set out to answer questions about school finances, and provide resources for more digging.
Oakland teachers plan ‘sickout’ protest as omicron cases surge
Amid a spike in COVID cases, some educators are pressuring OUSD to provide weekly testing and KN95 face masks.
The year Oakland schools reopened
The biggest education news in 2021 was undoubtedly the reopening of schools during a pandemic.
Budget decisions loom for Oakland Unified, which faces a $40 million shortfall in coming year
District leaders emphasize the need to increase salaries, but OUSD also faces declining enrollment and attendance, which means less revenue.
‘We had no one to run it’: At one Oakland school, a 5-year quest to reopen the library
Educators say libraries should be a basic part of every child’s school experience. But Oakland Unified has struggled to maintain them for decades.
COVID forced OUSD’s independent study program to change. Some say for the worse.
The Sojourner Truth program previously served a couple hundred students with flexible schedules and in-person instruction. It’s been replaced by Zoom schooling for over a thousand.
Middle schoolers get a running start on bilingualism in French and English
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley has opened an International Track for non-French speaking 6th-graders to achieve fluency by the end of 8th grade.
Oakland’s student vaccine mandate: Here’s what you need to know
Most OUSD students 12 and up will need to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 1 to continue going to school in person.
Escuela Bilingüe Internacional offers a multilingual program for middle school
The private school offers a track for bilingual Spanish-English speakers, as well as one for English speakers to learn Spanish.
Alameda County could intervene in OUSD over budget concerns
Declining enrollment and heavy reliance on one-time funds has imperiled the district’s finances, county Superintendent L.K. Monroe warned.
OUSD is crafting a plan to better serve Black students. Have ideas?
Oakland Unified is getting ready to implement its reparations resolution for Black students, and wants to hear from the public. Here’s how to participate.
Oakland Unified considers dropping the D grade
OUSD high schoolers can graduate with Ds, but the grade bars them from admission to California’s public four-year colleges.
Oakland Tech students walk out to protest sexual assault and harassment
Students say they’re frustrated by inaction from school and district leaders to address sexual harm on their campuses.
FDA decision means 140,000 Alameda County kids now eligible for COVID vaccine
Children ages 5 to 11 are now approved to get Pfizer’s vaccine.
In divisive vote, Oakland school board decides students must get vaccinated to learn in person
Students will have until January 1, 2022 to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or else enroll in independent study.
How’s school going? Oakland educators weigh in
OUSD’s school year began in person 11 weeks ago amid lingering concerns related to the pandemic. Here’s what teachers and school leaders are experiencing, in their own words.
New after-school program serves foster, immigrant, and unhoused youth in the East Bay
Project re:Fresh is the vision of Junia Kim, a former East Bay teacher who wants students to know that failure is OK.