The Peoples School

The Peoples School On June 15th 2012 parents, students and teachers said Enough is Enough and RE-OPENED Lakeview Elementary School in Oakland.

Food will be made available for OUSD students at the following locations this week.
03/15/2020

Food will be made available for OUSD students at the following locations this week.

List of locations and map for free meals, all children under 18 are welcome.

11/11/2019
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11/11/2019

The Peoples School

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11/11/2019

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We need a state wide moratorium now! Please take one min to sign.
03/08/2019
Hold Charter Schools Accountable | Liquid US

We need a state wide moratorium now! Please take one min to sign.

Educators for Democratic Schools: We request an immediate moratorium on certifying new charter schools in California, as they are draining funds from public schools and destabilizing school districts.

03/01/2019

It's official! We are having a city wide community picket line with OEA to shut down the board meeting tomorrow at noon at La Escuelita. Event will posted within the hour.

This is THE action for you to be involved in Oakland to support our teachers and prevent additional cuts from AB1840.

We are calling for a everyone to come join us! No business as usual until teachers get a living wage, a fair contract, and no school closures!

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02/24/2019

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01/07/2019
Protect California's Public Schools

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It’s time to put our resources and support behind the educators and schools which continue to teach the overwhelming majority of California’s school children. As you make staffing and personnel choices, we urge you to get the foxes out of the henhouse at the California Department of Education (C...

Antwan Wilson's (OUSD Superintendent ) version of Community Engagement. Move a charter school to Westlake and remove a s...
03/07/2016
District Removes Popular Principal and Will “Co-locate” Charter School...

Antwan Wilson's (OUSD Superintendent ) version of Community Engagement. Move a charter school to Westlake and remove a successful, admired, and well respected principal. Come out the board meeting this Wednesday 3/09/16 at La Escuelita (5:30PM) to voice your opinion.

Westlake Middle School students, parents and teachers are angry and confused after learning in the past week that the district has decided to...

10/27/2015
A Perfect Storm Episode 2: The Illusion of Choice

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools is a series of short videos, that reveals the real story behind the creation of the nation’s first all charter school district.

Oakland, take a peak at the direction that our school district heading.Our Superintendent Antwan Wilson wants a common enrollment system for OUSD to include charters. Choice...thoughts?

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools is a series of short videos, that reveals the real story behind the creation of the nation’s first…

Has Representative Democracy Broken Down at Oakland Unified? - Post News Group
09/19/2015
Has Representative Democracy Broken Down at Oakland Unified? - Post News Group

Has Representative Democracy Broken Down at Oakland Unified? - Post News Group

Local residents are raising concerns about “meeting procedures” and “meeting norms” dictating the behavior of the Oakland Board of Education, which could limit board members’ ability to lead the district, as they were elected to do. Some of the norms and procedures, adopted unanimously by the board…

Stay Accountable to OUSD Parents!
06/08/2015
Stay Accountable to OUSD Parents!

Stay Accountable to OUSD Parents!

OUSD Parents raised many important concerns with the OUSD Administration over the past year, hoping that the Superintendent would use his new position and new state money to make the attraction and retention of quality teachers a priority, thereby creating stronger, more stable schools for our child…

06/08/2013

From Washington Post
Valerie Strauss

The Rev. John Thomas: No act of God caused Chicago schools closings

From Washington Post
Valerie Strauss

The Rev. John Thomas: No act of God caused Chicago schools closings

By Valerie Strauss, Published: May 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Officials are going ahead with the largest mass closing of public schools in the country’s history despite polls showing that a majority of city residents oppose it and looming questions about the rationale offered for the action.

The final decision was made Wednesday by the Chicago Board of Education, which decided to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program because, the board said, they are underutilized (though critics argue that point).

Here is an eloquent piece on the closings, by the Rev. John Thomas, the former general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, who is now a professor and administrator at the Chicago Theological Seminary. This appeared on his blog.

By John Thomas

Two articles in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune provided a revealing, if
unintended reminder of the injustices lying at the heart of America’s public schools. At New Trier High School in one of the wealthier suburbs of Chicago, all students will have iPads for their course work by the fall of 2014. The district will pay about 40% of the costs, leaving families to come up with the remaining $350 in purchase or leasing options. School officials justify this by touting the educational benefits and by pointing out that this will allow
the school to phase out some of its 1200 laptops. One page away is an article about the school board of the City of Chicago which voted yesterday afternoon to close 50 public elementary schools. In thousands of districts like New Trier, students are getting iPads; in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and any other places, students are getting moving orders and teachers are losing
jobs.

Later on in the same paper The Tribune revealed its editorial bias, offering Mayor Rahm Emanuel space to justify the closings, while devoting its editorial to a cynical and shameful attack on Chicago teachers. Praising the “heroic” teachers who saved lives in Moore, Oklahoma, The Tribune called on teachers in Chicago to abandon their protest against the massive school closings and become “heroes” by obediently implementing the policies of the Chicago Public School Board and its leader, the mayor. Excuse me! Chicago Public School teachers are already heroes. They don’t need the condescension of The Tribune, and they don’t need to be unjustly demeaned as less worthy than teachers in Moore. Today they need our gratitude for speaking the truth about
the nature and impact of these school closings.

Unlike the teachers in Moore, Chicago teachers’ schools are not gone because of some capricious act of nature. They are gone because of decades of very deliberate decisions by public officials, corporate interests and ordinary citizens that have eviscerated the neighborhoods of Chicago, displacing people with the demolition of public housing, gutting communities with foreclosures and the elimination of jobs. The schools are gone because they have been
replaced by charter schools, the darlings of politically well-connected school reformers making a profit on tax money while public officials eliminate the inconvenience of teachers unions. The schools are gone because poor African Americans and Hispanics in Chicago are disenfranchised by school governance that is appointed by the mayor with limited accountability to the communities. The schools are gone because public funding in this country remains tied to real estate taxes that benefit wealthy suburbs at the expense of the urbancore. The schools are gone because years of school reforms imposed from the latest outside savior have left front line teachers abused and demoralized. And the schools are gone because white flight that began decades ago has left
the cities brown and black and poor.

Who makes decisions about public schools today? The president who attended the prestigious Punahou private school in Hawaii and who sends his daughters to the University of Chicago Laboratory School and the Sidwell Friends School in Washington. The secretary of education who attended the same Lab School in
Chicago. An appointed school board whose membership until recently included billionaire Penny Pritzker, now the appointee to be secretary of commerce. She attended the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, where 415 girls in grades six to twelve enjoy the attention of 70 full and part time faculty members. In Chicago that school would be deemed “underutilized.” And where do the mayor’s
kids go to school? No threats from school closings for them. They, too, are at the University of Chicago Lab School. These powerful gurus of public school reform didn’t go to public schools and don’t send their children to public schools. They benefited from the growing educational apartheid in this country and they participate in it today.

I don’t suggest that these policy makers sat down and said, “Let’s close the schools of poor Black and Hispanic kids in Chicago and make sure that New Trier kids have iPads.” But here are the facts: The schools closed today in Chicago are 88% black, 10 % Hispanic, and 94% low income. And next year the kids in New Trier will all have new iPads. Almost 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education our schools are more and more separate, and more and more unequal.

Please don’t tell me that this is a complex issue, that there are no good solutions, that anguished appointed school board members merely did what they had to do given the economic circumstances. I’ve read the reports. I’ve seen the studies. I’ve talked to experts. I can tell you what the real story is about charter school performance. I think I have made a pretty good effort to
understand what’s going on. Whatever the specifics, this is about race and poverty and antipathy to unions and political influence and public indifference (how telling that for a time yesterday morning while the Board was deliberating on its closure vote, the lead online story for The Tribune was Bear’s football hero Brian Urlacher’s retirement announcement).

I have no doubt that the Chicago school teachers will do as much to protect their children this September navigating new routes to schools across dangerous gang lines as the teachers in Moore did for their students when the tornado came earlier this week. They don’t need editorial writers to tell them to do that. But when their students ask them why their school is gone, just as students in Moore are no doubt asking right now, Chicago teachers won’t
have a changing and dangerous climate or the proverbial “act of God” to point to. Their answers will be equally sad, but far more sinister.

John H. Thomas

The closures continue in Chicago! Join us in Oakland Friday June 14th at 4pm at Splash Pad Park. Stand up for public edu...
05/29/2013
Chicago to Shutter 50 Public Schools: Is Historic Mass Closure an Experiment in Privatization?

The closures continue in Chicago! Join us in Oakland Friday June 14th at 4pm at Splash Pad Park. Stand up for public education in Oakland, Chicago, and across our nation. Event page coming soon...

As the academic year winds down, a record number of Chicago schools are preparing to close their doors for good in the largest mass school closing ever in one U.S. city. Last week, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 of the city’s public schools in a move that will impact some 30,000 st...

05/29/2013
Parents take stand against standardized tests

skip the add in the beginning.

For those of you thinking of of opting your kids out of state testing...listen to these brave parents from NY. Next year we will have a opt out campaign in Oakland.

Special Report by Rachel Kingston

05/26/2013

Save the date...Friday June 14th 4pm.
Stand up for public education.
Lakeview sit-in anniversary!
Additional info for event coming soon.

“I’m not an expert on revolutions,” he continued, “but even I can see that a new one is taking shape in American K-12 pu...
05/17/2013
Unified Backlash to Education Mandates Grows, Spreads

“I’m not an expert on revolutions,” he continued, “but even I can see that a new one is taking shape in American K-12 public education.” Quote from John Tierney.

“It’s always hard to tell for sure exactly when a revolution starts,” wrote John Tierny in The Atlantic recently. “I’m not an expert on revolutions,” he continu...

Asked directly for his thoughts about the way events had unfolded, Chavis chastised both sides for putting their own int...
04/13/2013
Oakland: AIMS charter school board fires two top administrators in wild meeting

Asked directly for his thoughts about the way events had unfolded, Chavis chastised both sides for putting their own interests ahead of the AIMS pupils.

He said he favored closing the schools because the teachers involved the children in politics by asking them to sign a petition calling on the board members to resign. He said the pupils, including his children who attend one of the schools, were being exploited.

Tension was expected days before Friday night

02/17/2013
The Secret To Fixing Bad Schools

The real "reform" ...not closing schools...not charters.

The striking achievement of Union City, N.J. — bringing poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream — argues for reinventing the public schools we have.

On this day that we honor Martin Luther King and his dream....I wanted to share an important announcement.  I am blessed...
01/21/2013

On this day that we honor Martin Luther King and his dream....I wanted to share an important announcement. I am blessed to share with all of you that we will be in DC on January 29th to meet with the US Department of Education and Arne Duncan for a 3 our hearing. We will be discussing the civil rights impact of School Closings, Turnarounds, Phase-outs, Co-locations and YES charters.
We want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of the hard work of parents, teachers, students, and community members. I personally want to thank EVERYONE that supported all of the families during the Lakeview sit in and during this very difficult year of school closures. Our goal was to raise awareness regarding schools closures and the condition of our public education system. We have succeeded in the FIRST step. We have a long journey ahead of us and ask for your continued support.
We want to remind everyone that school closures and Public Education is a national issue. The success or failure of our public education system affects every aspect of our communities from California to New York. I ask that EVERYONE stand together on this issue and demand a quality public education system for ALL children across America.
Journey for Justice has put a national coalition together and we are honored to participate in this hearing. We are working together with leaders across this nation. If all of us stand together we can succeed in creating an education system that truly is for EVERYONE. An education system that does not place blame on parents or teachers. We deserve an educations system that strives to find solutions to our social differences, embraces diversity and educates EVERY citizen equally. Equality is not just a desire or a right, it is a necessity.
PARTICIPATING CITIES
1. Atlanta
2. Chicago
3. New Orleans
4. Boston
5. Philadelphia
6. Eureka, Mississippi
7. Dallas
8. Wichita, KS
9. New York
10. District of Columbia
11. Baltimore
12. Detroit Newark
13. NJ
14. Oakland, CA
15. Kansas City, MO

12/12/2012

We will be making an important announcement at tomorrows board meeting at 5 PM. :)

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