Most people who hear the word “cotillion” probably think of an extravagant coming-of-age ball to introduce upper-class girls into high society. Oakland-based Lend A Hand Foundation’s Teen Cotillion, however, is for a totally different demographic:...
Last year, the state of California experienced its most destructive and deadliest wildfire season on record. October is one of the highest-risk months of the year for wildfires in the state. Currently, fire departments and...
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Guardian Gym is a free, non-profit sports facility for boys and girls ages 10 to 24. Its founders opened the gym in Oakland after they realized the profound effect that having a safe recreational space...
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Hoping to boost attendance, staff members volunteer weekly to wash their students' clothes.
The Peralta College District misclassifies long-term employees as "temporary," denying them higher pay and benefits, union officials say.
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“I always was ashamed, and I always thought of myself as a prostitute,” said Elizabeth Quiroz. “But now that I know this, I’m educating myself. That’s not what happened. I was a victim. Now I’m...
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Tagged forced labor, human trafficking, Jazmyn Brown, MISSSEY, pimp, prostitution, Regina Evans, regina's door, sex work, SHADE Movement, Slavery, trafficker, workshop
As the teachers' union and school district continue contract negotiations, teachers across Oakland demonstrated last week to demand smaller class sizes and a pay raise be included in the new contract.
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Tagged Oakland Education Association, Oakland teacher protest, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland unions, OEA, OUSD, teacher contracts, teacher retention, teacher salary
In the race for an open school board seat in District 4, newcomer Clarissa Doutherd and Oakland education veteran Gary Yee face off.
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Tagged 2018 Elections, District 4, OUSD, OUSD Board of Education, OUSD budget, school board candidates, school board race 2018, school closures
On Wednesday night, more than 50 students, parents and community organizers demanded that Oakland school board members restore the district’s free supper program.
“Teachers keep themselves here,” Principal Betlach says. “Not in the sense that we don’t do anything, but at the end of the day, it’s on them.”
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A resource fair helped bring senior citizens throughout Alameda County together for a day of excitement and enrichment.
The two candidates for California's top education position answered questions about black student achievement at a forum on Saturday.
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Tagged black student achievement, black students, Black Women Organized for Political Action, BWOPA, California Black Media, Education, Marshall Tuck, public schools, schools superintendent, Sistallect, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond
Sudo Mesh volunteers are hopeful that with the new resources and the right work, they can blanket all of Oakland in a functioning mesh network—a free and open web—within 5 years.
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At an Oakland Unified School Board meeting on Wednesday, it was revealed that the district ended the 2017-18 school year ended with a $29 million surplus, instead of the estimated $1.4 million deficit.
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A committee meeting on Thursday explored the high turnover rate among staff and teachers in OUSD and its effect on student achievement.
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On the first day of school at Skyline High School, the Skilled Trades FabLab opened up with a host of new classes and technology offered to students.