Tue April 21, 2015

Why are teachers leaving Oakland?

Oakland High School

It’s 8:08am, the Friday before spring break, and under other circumstances Kathleen Byrnes would already be at work.

“We would be in our classrooms preparing for the day, which is where we would rather be,” she says.

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Thu February 26, 2015

Taking African American Male Achievement to the next level

Courtesy OUSD African American Male Achievement office

Young African-American men in Alameda County face a lot of serious challenges -- things like high rates of incarceration, homicide, poverty, and low academic achievement. In 2010, the Oakland public school district became the first in the country to create an office dedicated to addressing some of these issues.

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Tue December 9, 2014

How one Oakland school is getting kids to class

A board encouraging attendance greets students and parents as they walk into Garfield Elemantary School.
Isabel Angell

Chronic absence is one of the best indicators of future success in school. That’s when a student misses more than two days of school out of the month for any reason. Students with high rates of absence have lower test scores, and if it starts when they’re young, they’re more likely to drop out in high school.

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Tue January 7, 2014

Manhood Development Program helps Oakland boys become men

I’m walking alongside the mural called “Beautiful Struggle” in front of Oakland High School. Frida Kahlo, Che Guevara, and Malcolm X are just a few of many social activists portrayed here. This mural also reflects a student body made up predominantly of students of color. Oakland High is 51 percent Asian, 29 percent Black, 16 percent Latino, and one percent white.

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Wed January 1, 2014