The Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland recently celebrated the grand opening of a new transitional housing community for local foster youth. Young adults between 18 and 24 years of age with their own studio apartments so they can gain independence and set themselves up for success as they exit the foster care system.
In Alameda County, while 38 percent of Native American foster children were placed with families, 30 percent were placed in non-Indian homes. Only 3 percent were placed with Native American families other than their own.
Following the surprising resignation of Superintendent Tony Smith three weeks ago, the Oakland School Board announced Monday morning its plan to appoint board director Gary Yee as acting superintendent. The board will formally vote on the matter at its next meeting on Wednesday.
At a board meeting on February 27, the school board voted to cut all remaining adult ed teacher positions as way to create $1 million in savings for the next school year. OUSD superintendent Tony Smith said the proposal to terminate the positions was also in reaction to Governor Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal, which included moving adult education to community college systems. If layoffs ar
We caught up with Oakland’s spelling bee champs, just before the Alameda County Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 16th. All three of Oakland’s best spellers will compete in the bee at Cull Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley.
On behalf of Oakland’s family literacy programs, student Malak Alsabahi stood at the podium and asked the school board not to cut adult education. Fellow supporters held paintings of Yemeni women while Alsabahi spoke, representing classmates who could not be there at the school board meeting Wednesday.
In the quiet of La Escuelita Elementary’s cafeteria on Saturday morning, one by one, parents took turns telling stories of their frustrations with special education in Oakland public schools. Saturday’s meeting was the sixth of eight community meetings OUSD has held since December.
When you’re in high school, it can be difficult to envision what you’ll be doing in 10 years, five years or even one year after you graduate. But Oakland Tech parents and teachers wanted to emphasize how important it is for students to start thinking about their futures.
You won’t often come across three accomplished koto players in one place—let alone in the same family. But Oakland is home to three generations of musicians who have dedicated their lives to the music of the Japanese harp.
For the first week of February, Oakland Unified School District is celebrating National School Counselor Week, but few remain in on-site school counselor positions.
A pop-up circus in West Oakland, a creative art and commerce effort of the local artist community, will pack up after celebrating its final night this Friday, November 30.
Oakland North visited a few spots in town to talk to residents about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Ranging from family to nice weather, we found Oaklanders had a lot of things to be thankful for.