Education

Charter school supporters propose new school in Fruitvale neighborhood

During an Oakland school board meeting that lasted until a little after 11 p.m. Wednesday night, a new plan for school facilities and a proposal for an additional charter school were major topics of discussion.
Students at Brookfield Elementary School in East Oakland play on the school's blacktop after school. A vegetation barrier was installed at the school by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to reduce air pollution at the school, which is situated by one of the busiest freeways in the Bay Area.

Environmental barrier gives students at one Oakland school a chance at fresh air

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several Bay Area-based organizations have planted a vegetation barrier to try to reduce air pollution at an East Oakland elementary school.
Mule Creek State Prison, 2006 (Photo Courtesy of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

As Prop 57 goes into effect, experts debate impact on youth, prison overcrowding

In November, Californians passed Proposition 57 by a 64.5 percent vote. Formally known as the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative, and strongly endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown, Oakland’s former...
Volunteers gather at the Memorial Tabernacle Church for a lawn party to restore the church's garden on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

At a mulching party, East Bay residents learn how to convert lawns to gardens

On a warm Saturday morning, people began to slowly stroll into the Memorial Tabernacle in Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood. They were gathered not for a morning service, but for a special kind of lawn party. Trail...
Urban Peace Movement's youth member Joel Reyes facilitates a chess lesson for DetermiNation Black Men's Group. Photo by Prince White.

School suspensions cost communities and unfairly affect minorities, experts say

A recent study suggests that not only do suspensions take a toll on students, they place a financial burden on their communities. In March, the California Dropout Research Project at UC Santa Barbara and the...

Panel discusses “Women Breaking the Mold” in the film, animation and game development industries

Four leading women artists in the film, animation and game industries led the opening night of the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival.
As soon as class participants arrived, they picked up a paint brush with one hand and a joint or vape pen in the other. (Photo Jeff Weisinger)

Puff, Pass & Paint: Art class for the “lit”

Puff, Pass & Paint, a new Bay Area art class, combines weed, wine and painting. This is just one of a series of new marijuana-infused events designed to encourage creativity, while enjoying the effects of...