Guadalupe Rodriguez attended Westlake Middle School and will go to Oakland Technical High School in the fall. She tells us what it’s like to be a California public school student right now. -Katy
This summer went by pretty quick. Registration is Aug. 20 for all ninth-graders at Tech, and the first day of school is Aug. 31.
Some teens say that they are not sure what to expect for their freshman year, and honestly I don’t either. It was hard adapting to middle school, and now that I got used to it I am headed for high school. Those three years went by really quick.
I had my ups and downs just like anyone else, although it is a hard time to be in school due to all the budget cuts and without privileges like better school materials and field trips, which we cannot have easily anymore. The less money the schools have, we have to face it, a worse education Oakland has.
This summer I went to Texas to visit some relatives. While I was there I took a look at the school summer programs and asked how it was for them during the school year, both students and teachers. Truly there is a huge difference. Their schools look very different than ours, inside out. Students do look more happy and complain less, and so do the teachers. Parents also look more pleased, but if we all work together in Oakland then maybe we can have a better future for the new students to the district.