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Rumors (and denials) of a rogue charter school opening next week

Sometimes when I write about the American Indian Public Charter School I feel like I’ve entered an alternative reality. This is one of those times. For that reason, I can’t tell you definitively whether an unauthorized elementary charter school will open on American Indian’s downtown campus on Halloween, as rumored — though it’s looking unlikely. [...]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Under: charter schools, elementary schools, families | 129 Comments »

Oakland school wins National Blue Ribbon award

Here’s some more good news: Peralta Elementary School in Rockridge is one of 21 public and private schools in California — and 305 in the United States — to be awarded the 2011 National Blue Ribbon from the United States Department of Education. The school scored a 937 out of 1,000 points on the state’s Academic [...]

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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Under: elementary schools, students, teachers | 21 Comments »

Announcing … the Title I awards

This just in from the California Department of Education: Academic achievement awards for 209 schools that serve large numbers of poor children and are closing the achievement gap. (Criteria explained here.) There are fourteen awardees in Oakland — 10 district elementary schools, four charter schools — and two in Berkeley. They were selected from the [...]

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Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Under: achievement gap, test scores | 40 Comments »

Who’s attending CA’s elite public schools?

I finally got around to sorting state-level test score data, something I’ve been meaning to do since the Academic Performance Index release last month. (Boy, is it harder than it should be. Those mismatched column headers…) Five of Oakland’s schools are up in the top 100 — roughly 1 percent of all public schools in [...]

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Posted on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
Under: achievement gap, students, test scores | 17 Comments »

The latest high school exit exam results

Talk about a high-stakes test. Unless you pass both sections of the California High School Exit Exam — English and math — you don’t get a high school diploma. Students take the exam for the first time as 10th-graders (the test includes some Algebra I concepts and English standards through grade 10) and they may [...]

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Posted on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Under: high schools, students, test scores | 25 Comments »

American Indian center might close its doors

I drove up to the Hintil Kuu Ca childhood development center this morning (yesterday morning, technically). It’s name means “Indian children’s house,” according to this fascinating article about the center published in 1986 in Cultural Survival Quarterly. Hintil opened in 1973; it was started by mothers whose kids — recently relocated from reservations as part [...]

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Posted on Friday, July 16th, 2010
Under: achievement gap, preschool | 2 Comments »

Strike Day vandalism at American Indian school

John Glover, director of the American Indian Model Schools, sent me this photo today. He said he found this graffiti — and glue stuck in the charter school’s gate lock – this morning. Based on a neighbor’s description, he suspects the culprit was wearing a union T-shirt. He writes:

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Posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Under: charter schools, union contract | 35 Comments »

Native American leader, former Oakland activist, dies at 64

Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to be elected chief of a major American Indian tribe — the Cherokee Nation — was once a Bay Area resident and a strong advocate for Native American children in Oakland’s public schools. She died Tuesday in Oklahoma at age 64. In our library, I found a small envelope stamped “MANKILLER, WILMA/ INDIAN LEADER, [...]

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Posted on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Under: OUSD central office, people | 8 Comments »

Six Oakland schools win Title I award

The California Department of Education announced the names of 238 schools that serve large numbers of low-income children and have made substantial progress on state test scores. (Interesting that this comes right after Steven Weinberg’s post.) They’ll receive their awards April 21 in Disneyland. And the winners of the Title I Academic Achievement Awards for 2009-10 are…

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Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2010
Under: achievement gap, charter schools, elementary schools, test scores | 3 Comments »

Oakland’s Lincoln Elementary nominated for National Blue Ribbon

Tribune file photo by D. Ross Cameron Lincoln Elementary School in Oakland’s Chinatown has just been nominated for the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award, which honors schools for high academic achievement. Lincoln was one of 35 public and private schools statewide to be nominated for the 2010 award by the California Department of Education, and [...]

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Posted on Thursday, December 10th, 2009
Under: achievement gap, elementary schools, English learners, students, teachers | 19 Comments »