Education

Jeri Lacks Whye and Kim Lacks speak to a rapt audience at Samuel Merritt University to kick off the school's first annual Community Reads program.

Legacy of “immortal” cells sparks college-wide ethics conversation

Without the cells of Henrietta Lacks, the world would have no polio vaccine, cancer treatments, or in-vitro fertilization. This year, Samuel Merritt University will learn about her life as one community, and through it important...
California Thursdays feature meals prepared with fresh ingredients from California. Photo by Ethan Bien.

OUSD celebrates their “California Thursdays”

Oakland Unified School District pioneered "California Thursdays," a program through which schools across the district serve lunches sourced entirely from in-state producers one day a week. Last Thursday, organizers welcomed 14 more districts from across...
Volunteers with Great Oakland Public Schools make phone calls in support of Measure N, a proposed parcel tax that would provide college and career readiness programs for Oakland high school students. Photo courtesy of Great Oakland Public Schools.

Measure N would expand college and career readiness programs in high schools, faces little opposition

Measure N is a parcel tax that, if passed on Tuesday, would direct funds towards college and career preparation programs in Oakland's high schools.
School Board Candidates Interactive Map

School board candidates present backgrounds, qualifications

Three Oakland school board members are vacating their spots on the Board of Education this fall, making room for a field of first-time school board candidates racing toward the November 4 election.