OUSD police chief cusses out Trib videographer

TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is not going to file criminal charges against Tyska.

The school district’s police chief, Art Michel, has returned the videotape he confiscated from Tribune photographer Jane Tyska last Friday. Michel accused Tyska of hitting his patrol car with her elbow — and, later, of trying to incite a riot — while she was filming a student demonstration.

Warning: Some of the language in this clip is not exactly family-friendly.


Attention high school shoppers!

If you’re faced with the prospect of choosing a high school (or middle school, or elementary school) for next year, you probably don’t need me to remind you that the time to make a decision is drawing near.

But I thought I’d post information anyway about two upcoming information nights for prospective families. Know about information nights at other schools? Do tell.

Oakland Technical High School — 6 to 8 p.m. this Thursday, 4351 Broadway (in the library). Or you can sign up for a school tour offered at 9 a.m. on Nov. 13, Nov. 18, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4 by sending an e-mail to oaklandtechinfo@yahoo.com.

Skyline High School — 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 12250 Skyline Boulevard.

image from Sofia Katariina’s site at flickr.com/creativecommons


Lessons from a “small school from the ‘hood”

photo of Oakland Charter Academy student by D. Ross Cameron/Oakland Tribune

The racial and economic achievement gap comes up, in some form or another, at almost every Oakland school board meeting. Yet there are a handful of schools here in this city that have made that gap invisible, at least on their campuses, and I sometimes wonder who is paying attention.

Take the Oakland Charter Academy, a charter middle school in Fruitvale with a Latino population of about 93 percent. Last year those students — the vast majority of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunches — scored a 902 this year on the state’s Academic Performance Index out of a possible 1,000 points.

The average Latino middle schooler in California scores in the 600s.

I wrote a story in today’s Trib about the loads of work that these kids (and those at the American Indian charter schools, which use a similar model) are putting in every day — and about the general skepticism surrounding their success. You can read it here.

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