Tag Archives: restorative justice

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...

Community members and leaders discuss future of Oakland at Impact Hub

Community members and leaders gathered at Impact Hub Oakland Tuesday night for a discussion about the future of Oakland and the idea of cultural prosperity. The event is a part of Co-Creating the Future of...
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.

What’s the alternative? Restorative justice group discusses getting youth out of the courts

In a meeting Monday night, community leaders from North Oakland met to discuss a pilot program that will tackle sentencing for young offenders. Alternative sentencing will divert offenders from the court system and a criminal...
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Therapists, Role Models, Spies: An Oakland school trains students to help mediate campus conflict

Peer mediators serve as "Mr. Kyle" McClerkins’ eyes and ears around school. They listen to fellow students, help them take responsibility for their actions and decide on appropriate consequences. McClerkins’ peer mediator program is part...

Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline: examining arrests among black male students in OUSD

Oakland’s black youth are arrested in school at a rate that is more than double their proportion of the school population, a community nonprofit said.
Chinyere Tutashinda passes out visitor passes and peacekeeping positions at Castlemont High School in East Oakland.

At Castlemont, new school year brings changes, challenges

As Norman Ospina, the school attendance clerk and a translator at Castlemont High School in East Oakland, crossed the courtyard on a crisp overcast fall morning, he spotted a young man he believed had been...

Oakland teens try peer cases at McCullum Youth Court

Qadir Bilal strode confidently to the witness stand, in his colorful bow tie and crisp black shirt and trousers. He paused. He fixed his gaze on the person before him, a young woman who had...
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City, community groups express pride following protests

As Oakland awaits next month’s sentencing of Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer convicted last Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant, authorities, community groups and onlookers congratulated each other on...