Strategy and Analysis to Defend and Transform Public Education

Antwan Wilson’s Idea of Cutting Administration: Pad the Top, Chop From the Bottom

by Jack Gerson Have you ever wondered why Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) regularly breaks the law by violating the state education code mandate that at least 55% of educational … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

NAACP And GO Public Schools Imply That Oakland Students Are Not Civilized

Submitted by Mara Luz, Oakland educator I was just checking my email and noticed an email from GO Public Schools and was shocked by what I saw – an endorsement … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 7 Comments

Lessons from San Francisco: How to Build a Militant Teacher Union

Recently, UESF, the SF teachers’ union, faced a defeat in their most recent contract struggle.  Despite strong attempts to organize more militantly, including calls for strike and some work-to-rule actions, … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

News & Chants from OEA Contract Campaign & Anti-Privatization Organizing

Oakland teachers, students & parents have continued strong organizing to fight the proposed privatization of the 5 schools and for a just contract and bottom-up school transformation! See below for the … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

OUSD’s “Strategic Regional Analysis”

Written by Jack Gerson, retired Oakland teacher and union activist Before last Wednesday’s school board meeting began, the board was thoughtful enough to leave several hard copies of a 128-page … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Connecting the dots between Antwan Wilson’s push for Privatization & OUSD’s focus on Article 12 at the Bargaining Table

Some Background information about Article 12 from the OEA FAQ’s: Article 12 of the OEA-OUSD contract covers the rules for filling vacancies and for assigning teachers. Under the current Article … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 13 Comments

Fremont Tigers #ShutItDown! OUSD Will Not Privatize 5 Schools Without A Fight

Fremont High School students interrupted, shut-down and took over tonight’s OUSD community engagement meeting.  Their independent action as students was warmly received by a room full of hundreds of other … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

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