School board president James Harris (District 7) honors Greenleaf Elementary teacher Ann Park, who was one of five California Teachers of the Year for 2016. Photo by Katherine Rose.

Schoolboard celebrates California Teacher of the Year Award

At Wednesday’s sparsely-attended school board meeting, the board discussed the superintendent’s report, which is presented at every board meeting, and funding options for the Dr. Marcus Foster Educational Leadership Campus.
Oakland Technical High School was established at its current location at 42nd Street and Broadway in 1915.

Oakland Tech celebrates centennial

This year, Oakland Tech turned 100, and its alums have planned a celebration lasting an entire year. The Centennial Celebration, organized by staff, students and alumni, included a gala over Memorial Day weekend, a talent...
Supporters of KIPP Bridge Charter School speak to the OUSD school board at Wednesday night's meeting.

School board approves Central Kitchen Instructional Farm and Education Center project

The board approved the Central Kitchen project, KIPP Bridge Charter School presented materials for a proposed elementary school, and, after some discussion, the board approved a facilities use agreement with Lazear Charter Academy.
Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center is home to a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII projector that has been unused since 2006. The East Bay Astronomical Society is hoping to restore the star projector through a fundraising campaign.

East Bay Astronomical Society mobilizes to repair the Zeiss Universarium

Now, thanks to the efforts of the East Bay Astronomical Society, the Zeiss might illuminate Chabot’s planetarium again. The volunteer-run astronomy group recently launched the first phase of a fundraising campaign to save the Zeiss....
Mayor Schaaf delivering her first State of the City address

Oakland residents respond to Mayor Schaaf’s State of the City address

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf delivered her first State of the City address on October 28th, outlining the four key issues she aims to address: improving community safety, providing equitable jobs and housing, creating a sustainable...

“Spooktacular” event builds community and empowers children to follow their dreams

The event was what the library called a “spooktacular” event, co-sponsored with We Tell Our Stories Sister Film Collective, Pan-African Network and PeoplesWorld.Org. The purpose was to build confidence, self-esteem, solidarity and good mental health...
Brendon Woods, a public defender in Alameda County, spoke Oct. 15th in Oakland about the effectiveness of Prop. 47. Photo by Libby Leyden

One year after Proposition 47’s passage, is it working in the Bay Area?

As the one-year anniversary of Prop. 47’s passage approaches, many people working in the state’s legal system are evaluating its effectiveness.
Members of the group BAMN were told to step away from the podium after speaking over the allotted time during the public comments section of Wednesday night's OUSD board meeting. Photo by Erika Alvero.

OUSD meeting punctuated by argument rolls out budget transparency, special ed plan

During Wednesday night’s Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Board of Education meeting, the CFO presented a new web tool which would make the district’s annual budget more accessible to the public, special education staffers explained...