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Sausalito agrees to desegregate schools after state attorney general's findings - SFGate
Just two taxpayer-funded schools serve the quaint town of Sausalito, California. There's a charter school where a plurality of the students are white, and a traditional district school where almost no one is.

That's no accident, according to California's attorney general, who alleges the school district knowingly created and maintained a segregated school, and starved it of funding needed for basic necessities while funneling extra money to the charter school.

On Friday, the Sausalito Marin City School District agreed to a settlement that orders officials to unravel the segregation, compensate graduates who were harmed by it and build a more equitable system. If the district fails, the charter school might lose its Sausalito campus.

"Every child - no matter their stripe or stature - deserves equal access to a quality education," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. "That's what we say, what we believe, and what's required under the law. But what we say isn't always what we do. Certainly, it's not what the Sausalito Marin City School District did when it chose to segregate its students."
race  segregation  Sausalito  Marin  schools  charter  CA  Attorney_General  Xavier_Becerra  2019 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
'He Never Went In': BSO Suspends Officer Who Was at Parkland Shooting - NBC 6 South Florida
"After seeing video and witness statements, and Peterson's own statement, I decided this morning ... to suspend Scot Peterson without pay pending an internal investigation," Israel said, adding that Peterson chose to then resign and retire.
When asked what Peterson should have done during the shooting, Israel said he should have "went in, addressed the killer and killed" him.
"Our main goal at this point, absent of helping these families heal and keeping our schools safe, is making sure this killer receives the justice he deserves," Israel previously said.
'Cowardly Killer': BSO Sheriff Discusses Parkland Tragedy
In 2014, the Broward County Crime Commission awarded Peterson with the title of School Resource Officer of the Year for the City of Parkland District.
The group said Peterson proved "to be reliable in handling issues with tact and judgment."
Israel also addressed previous calls BSO received related to the gunman. Two other officers who previously responded to one of the calls related to Cruz have been placed on restrictive duty.
schools  shooting  massacre  guns 
february 2018 by Quercki
Parkland shooting: Armed deputy stayed outside school while mass killing took place - The Washington Post
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday.

Israel said he suspended School Resource Deputy Scot Peterson on Thursday after seeing a video from the Parkland, Fla., school that showed Peterson outside the school building where the shooter was inside and attacking.

“What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of Building 12, take up a position, and never went in,” Israel said.
schools  shooting  massacre  guns 
february 2018 by Quercki
Here's the Emma Gonzalez full speech from the anti-gun rally - HelloGiggles
And in this case if you actively do nothing, people continually end up dead, so it’s time to start doing something.

We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we’re going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, but because, just as David said, we are going to be the last mass shooting. Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law. That’s going to be Marjory Stoneman Douglas in that textbook and it’s going to be due to the tireless effort of the school board, the faculty members, the family members and most of all the students. The students who are dead, the students still in the hospital, the student now suffering PTSD, the students who had panic attacks during the vigil because the helicopters would not leave us alone, hovering over the school for 24 hours a day.
schools  massacre  gun  control  solution 
february 2018 by Quercki
Op-Ed: GO Public Schools Does Not Deserve League of Women Voters Democracy Award - Post News Group
In 2014, GO spent nearly $250,000 on Oakland school board elections, including donations received from Arthur Rock, a San Francisco venture capitalist and charter school supporter ($49K), Stacy Schusterman in Oklahoma ($25K), and the California Charter Schools Association ($10K).
 
Why are individuals who don’t even live in Oakland giving this kind of money to influence local school board elections?
 
A candidate who didn’t agree with GO would think twice about competing in a heavily unbalanced financial arena. Is GO making democracy work?
 
Defending its award decision, the league argues that it was selected for GO’s work as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, not its work as a 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy organization.
 
But this IRS separation is a distinction without a difference.
 
The GO “sister organizations” operate with one voice, one policy approach, shared staff, and multiple strategies to achieve their common ends.
 
And what are those ends? As an educator who worked for over 30 years in Oakland public schools, I believe those ends are destructive.
 
A major thrust of GO has been to extensively promote charter schools. Certainly charters use public money, but they are largely immune from public accountability and transparency, and therefore are not healthy for democracy.
 
The public can influence the direction of a public entity like OUSD by participating in committees, communicating with their elected representatives, expressing their views at school board meetings and exercising their right to vote.
 
The public has no such opportunities to influence the direction of charter schools, which are private, albeit often nonprofit, corporations, and may have boards unresponsive to citizen input.
 
Thus, while publicly funded, charter schools can hardly be said to be public institutions.
 
Oakland  schools  Greater_Oakland  charter  donate  politics 
april 2016 by Quercki
The Myth Behind Public School Failure | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
The reason for privatization
Chris Hedges, the former New York Times correspondent, appeared on Democracy Now! in 2012 and told host Amy Goodman the federal government spends some $600 billion a year on education—“and the corporations want it. That’s what’s happening.  And that comes through charter schools. It comes through standardized testing. And it comes through breaking teachers’ unions and essentially hiring temp workers, people who have very little skills.”

If you doubt Hedges, at least trust Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul and capitalist extraordinaire whose Amplify corporation already is growing at a 20 percent rate, thanks to its education contracts. “When it comes to K through 12 education,” Murdoch said in a November 2010 press release, “we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed by big breakthroughs that extend the reach of great teaching.”

Corporate-speak for, “Privatize the public schools. Now, please.”

In a land where the free market has near-religious status, that’s been the answer for a long time. And it’s always been the wrong answer. The problem with education is not bad teachers making little Johnny into a dolt. It’s about Johnny making big corporations a bundle—at the expense of the well-educated citizenry essential to democracy.
education  schools  privatization  corporations 
february 2016 by Quercki
School shootings | Radfem Groundhog Day
Misogyny in specific shootings

The most infamous of misogyny in school shootings was the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre. Within a 20 minute shooting (and stabbing) spree, the 25yo male had murdered 14 women, injured ten women and four men. In a suicide note he blamed feminists for ruining his life, and included a list of nineteen Quebec women he considered feminists and wished to kill. In the first shooting of the day he separated the nine women from the fifty men, and lined up the women. Shortly before shooting the women (killing six, injuring three) he had said “You’re women, you’re going to be engineers. You’re all a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists.” He went on to shoot another 19 people, primarily females, before shooting himself.

In the 2006 Amish School shooting, the 32yo white gunman specifically targeted females. Instructing the hostages that if the two women who had made a break for it to get help got away, he would shoot everybody. He later released all the boys, holding ten female students – killing five and injuring five, then shooting himself. All the victims were girls aged between 6-13 years old.

The 2009 Winnenden school shooting in Germany was a spree over three locations, a high school, carjacking getaway, then an industrial estate. At the first location, in two classrooms at the school, the 17yo shooter had shot most victims in the head (showing calculated targets, not spraying the area with bullets), he killed one female teacher, eight female students and one male student. The other fatalities at the school were all female trainee teachers in their 20s. The male fatalities were primarily ‘getaway’ fatalities, and by the final location had changed to random shootings, including at police. During his getaway when asked why he had done it he replied “For fun, because it is fun.” He ended it by shooting himself.
killing  data  schools 
september 2015 by Quercki
Ten-Year-Old Wukchumni Boy's Refusal to Sing Derogatory Song Leads to Its Removal from School
VISALIA, CALIFORNIA – Fourth-grader Alex Fierro, a member of the Wukchumni (Yokut) tribe, proves one person’s action–or lack of action–can make a difference. He is already at his young age a catalyst for change in his school district. Alex, 10, refused to sing “21 Missions” in his music class. “21 Missions” is a song that glorifies all 21 Catholic missions in California.

Once his class at Shannon Ranch Elementary in Visalia, California were given the words of “21 Missions” to sing, Alex did not feel right about singing the song. Alex told his mother, Debra Fierro, about the song and asked her to write a letter to his teacher so he would not have to sing the song. His mother asked him to tell her about the song, and he refused to speak any of it. She asked him to bring the song home and he did the next day.

On Friday, April 24, 2015, his mother read the song and she notified the Wukchumni Tribal Council and elders to share the song. Debra Fierro and the tribal leaders were outraged by the lyrics that they found to be derogatory towards American Indians.

“21 Missions” lyrcis include:

“MEN OF FAITH, THE GOOD NEWS PREACHING/ PRAYING, TEACHING, SEARCHING, REACHING/ OUT TO THE RED MAN’S SOUL/ OH, WHAT A NOBLE GOAL.”

AND “COME LITTLE INDIAN DANCE WITH ME.”

By Monday, April 27, 2015, letters to Alex’s teacher, principal, and superintendent of Visalia Unified Schools District (VUSD) were sent asking to have the song removed from the curriculum.
California  Native_American  schools  song  mission  Junipero_Serra 
may 2015 by Quercki
After outcry, Oakland softens turnaround time for failing schools - Inside Bay Area
OAKLAND -- School officials are giving five failing schools the option to delay turnaround efforts announced in December after a series of tense community meetings this month highlighted fears of charter takeovers and school closures.

Last month, the school district issued an open call to school administrators, community groups and charters to submit turnaround plans at the five schools with an April deadline and a relaunch of the schools in August 2016.

Now the district is offering a second, optional timeline with a proposal deadline between July and October and with a school restart in August 2017.
Oakland  schools 
january 2015 by Quercki
Castlemont, Fremont and McClymonds High Schools Slated to Be Turned into Charters - Post News Group
Many long-time educators and Oakland parents are raising serious questions about a new Oakland Unified School District plan to turn over five schools – including three East and West Oakland high schools – to charters and other groups to redesign and restart by the fall of 2016.

Targeted for “transformation” are Castlemont, Fremont and McClymonds high schools. Frick Middle School and Brookfield Elementary School. All of these schools are located in the flatlands of East Oakland, with the exception of McClymonds, which is in the flatlands of West Oakland.

“These are not necessarily the worst schools, but there’s a combination of long-term academic underperformance and declining enrollment,” schools spokesman Troy Flint told the Oakland Tribune.

The 18-month plan for the five schools involves community engagement this month followed by a Call for Quality Schools in April, when charter organizations or other academic groups can submit proposals to redesign and restart new schools.
Thedistrict will review and approve proposals in May and June. An “incubation period” for the approved schools will start in July, with new schools opening in fall 2016.

OUSD Supt. Antwan Wilson
Many teachers and parents and are raising concerns about this plan.

Why is there only a one-month “community engagement” for a plan, which has already been decided? Why the rush to do this without full community transparency? People are asking.

In an email to constituents, one school board member wrote: “(This is) essentially a very unfair competition between charter and district school plans for these five schools, with an unrealistic timeline for district plans being due in April (guidelines don’t even go out until February).”

The high schools the district will keep – Skyline, Oakland Technical High and Oakland High – are the ones that most of the district’s Asian and white students attend.
Oakland  highschool  schools 
january 2015 by Quercki
Connecticut Shootings Fast Facts - CNN.com
(CNN) -- Here's a look at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
December 14, 2012 - Twenty children and six adults are killed at the school by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who had earlier killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, in their Sandy Hook home.
As police approached the school, Lanza took his own life.
It is the second-deadliest mass shooting in US history.
Other Facts:
Weapons found at the scene were legally purchased by Nancy Lanza.
Lanza used a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle during the shooting spree. Three weapons were found next to his body; the semiautomatic .223-caliber rifle made by Bushmaster, and two handguns. An Izhmash Saiga-12, 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun was found in his car.
The Shooter:
Birth name: Adam Lanza
Birth date: April 22, 1992
....
December 15, 2012 - Connecticut State Police release the names of the victims: six adult women, 12 girls ages six and seven, and eight boys, also ages six and seven.
murder  schools  guns 
may 2014 by Quercki
Columbine High School Shootings Fast Facts - CNN.com
(CNN) -- Here is some background information about the deaths of 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999.
Facts:
Twelve students and one teacher were killed by students Dylan Klebold, 17, and Eric Harris, 18.
The pair made home videos prior to the attack making references to what they were going to do and apologizing to their parents for it.
Harris and Klebold killed themselves with gunshot wounds to the head in the school's library at approximately 12:08 PM on the day of the shootings.
SWAT teams entered the school 47 minutes after the shootings started. Five hours passed before law enforcement declared the school under control.
The Columbine shootings rank as one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history as well as one of the deadliest episodes of school violence.
murder  schools  guns 
may 2014 by Quercki
Oakland’s Vocal Rush Is Turning Heads on NBC’s “The Sing Off” | 38th Notes
Never underestimate Oakland youth. If I’ve learned anything as a high school educator in Oakland, it’s that our young people are strong, intelligent, and talented. Case in point? Vocal Rush, an impressive student acapella group from the Oakland School for the Arts, who are making a splash this holiday season on NBC’s The Sing Off.

Monday, December 9th was the 2-hour premier of the 4th season of The Sing Off, an acapella competition in which 10 groups from all over the country compete for vocal supremacy. Facing Ivy League singers, OGs, and grown-ass professional musicians of all stripes, Vocal Rush is easily the youngest crew in the competition. It’s a bit reminiscent of a couple of years ago, when their OSA classmates, Pop Lyfe, made a run for the title of America’s Got Talent. Pop Lyfe finished in fourth place, but not before capturing the hearts of millions with their soul, funk, and maturity.

Vocal Rush’s moving and stomping rendition of Delta Rae’s “Bottom of the River” had the judges rapt, and Jordan Holly absolutely murked the lead vocals. The judges appeared thoroughly impressed and commented on Vocal Rush’s soul, gravitas, and technically sound performance. The Princeton men were the first to be eliminated, which means the Oakland kids will live to sing on.

The competition continues this Wednesday at 8/7c on NBC, but for now, check out their performance and a feature interview with the Oakland youth below.
Oakland  music  Vocal_Rush  OSA  schools 
january 2014 by Quercki
Nonprofit Fights For Oakland School Libraries | News | Oakland, Berkeley, Bay Area & California | East Bay Express
Given these issues, Gallagher is working closely with Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries (FOPSL), whose mission is to resurrect the city's closed school libraries. FOPSL started in 2009 as a dedicated group of volunteers in the Montclair Community Action Committee who organized a book drive for schools that had outdated collections. When they realized what a huge undertaking it would be to live up to their motto — "Every child deserves a quality school library" — they decided to incorporate as a nonprofit. From 2009 to 2011, before they incorporated, they managed to reopen eight public school libraries, including two at middle schools — all of them in Oakland's flatland neighborhoods.
libraries  Oakland  schools  volunteers 
march 2013 by Quercki
Oakland Students March to Protest Gun Violence | KQED News Fix
Elementary school students and teachers from New Highland Academy in Oakland marched to the local library Thursday ... with a police escort. They used to take the six-block walk every third Thursday, but gun violence in the neighborhood halted the monthly outings.

The group marched wearing signs around their neck that said "Peace. Love. Books." and chanting, "What do we want? Peace!"

Armed escorts from the Oakland Police Department kept watch.

New Highland Academy teacher Donald Carter said the trips to the library stopped after a shooting near the library last month, which his class heard as they were getting ready for the walk over.

"We heard a series of shots in the distance, toward the library," Carter said. "We decided it would not be wise to continue. We were locked down - the entire school - for over an hour."

Teacher Tracy Dordell recalled a previous library trip when she and her students stumbled across the aftermath of a shooting, one in which a former Academy student was killed.

"We could see the crime scene," she said. "You could see the coroner’s van right there. And we sort of just looked at each other .. . and we were like, what do we do? How do we not let them see?"
Oakland  violence  library  children  schools 
february 2013 by Quercki
Moraga School District: Child sex abuse victim was 'careless and negligent' - San Jose Mercury News
By Matthias Gafni Contra Costa Times
Posted:   11/01/2012 12:42:48 PM PDT
Updated:   11/02/2012 06:50:50 AM PDT

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MORAGA -- Kristen Cunnane was "careless and negligent" and contributed to her ongoing sexual abuse at the hands of a middle school teacher, the Moraga School District claimed in its first legal response to the UC Berkeley swim coach's lawsuit against the school district and three former administrators.
The district and three other defendants claim Cunnane "was herself responsible for the acts and damages of which she claims," in the Oct. 24 legal filing.
"Carelessness and negligence on (Cunnane's) part proximately contributed to the happenings of the incident and to the injuries, loss and damages," they claim.
When she read the legal response, Cunnane, 30, said she was floored.
"It felt like I got punched in the stomach, and I stood up and thought about how young I was when I was 12 to 13 years old at the school," said Cunnane, whose suit was filed in September. "For them to use words like 'negligent' and 'responsible' just broke my heart."
The school district's attorney said Thursday that the language used as part of its legal stance was appropriate and necessary at the start of such a civil case with significant financial ramifications. The response did not specify how Cunnane was "negligent" or "responsible" for the abuse.
Louis Leone said "every potential defense" must be raised in such legal filings, "since failure to do so results in a waiver of the defense."
bayarea  schools  rape.culture  children  sexual_assault  abuse 
november 2012 by Quercki
School district apologizes to former student for sexual abuse... | www.ktvu.com
MORAGA, Calif. — A woman suing the Moraga School District on charges of failing to act on her complaints of sexual abuse by teachers in 1996 Wednesday accepted an apology from the district for suggesting she may have been partly to blame for what happened, her lawyer said.
The school district's governing board at its meeting in Moraga Wednesday morning issued a formal apology to Kristen Cunnane for charging in its answer to her suit that she may have been "careless and negligent" prior to the alleged abuse.
"The Governing Board and its attorneys, Stubbs and Leone, apologize to Ms. Cunnane for any anxiety or distress caused by the inclusion of this defense in its response to her pleading," the district stated.
The district board will "withdraw the defense of comparative fault and any assertion of carelessness or negligence on the part of Ms. Cunnane" from its defense pleadings, according to the statement.
rape.culture  apology  children  abuse  sexual_assault  schools  bayarea 
november 2012 by Quercki
Lafayette School District says 14-year-old child abuse victim may bear some responsibility - San Jose Mercury News
"Think about how today's families will feel if this is how they think school officials are going to respond were one of their children abused by school employees," he said.
Moraga School District trustees met in a closed session special meeting called Friday morning to discuss the Kristen Cunnane case, less than 24 hours after this newspaper's latest story about her case from the 1990s appeared online. Moraga Superintendent Bruce Burns, who said no action was taken at that meeting, released a statement late Friday afternoon.
"We certainly empathize with Ms. Cunnane and did not intend to cause her further distress," according to the statement. "However, this is a significant case that could have serious consequences for our school district. She is demanding several million dollars in damages."
Burns said the district raised nine possible arguments that might be used in court, and that the media have seized on only one, and "overexaggerated its importance."
No dollar amount is listed in Cunnane's lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
"I haven't demanded any amount of money since filing the lawsuit," said Cunnane, now 30 and an assistant coach with Cal women's swim team. "I think it's for a jury to decide.
"It's really hard to hear that they think I'm seizing and overexaggerating the importance. They don't know how hard it is to be me and how hard I cried when I originally read it."
children  abuse  sexual_assault  schools  rape.culture  law  bayarea 
november 2012 by Quercki
Moraga school trustees, attorneys apologize to sex abuse victim - ContraCostaTimes.com
By Matthias Gafni Contra Costa Times
Posted:   11/07/2012 12:51:29 PM PST
Updated:   11/08/2012 10:56:51 AM PST

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MORAGA -- School district trustees on Wednesday apologized to a former student for saying in legal papers that she may have borne some responsibility for the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of former teachers.
School board members, stung by public outcry that the legal language was part of those filings, also directed their attorneys to withdraw the offending language from those papers.
The papers were filed in response to a lawsuit brought by Kristen Cunnane, a Cal women's swim assistant head coach and Walnut Creek resident. She sued the district and three former administrators for negligence, fraudulent concealment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Cunnane, 30, claims her abuse by two Moraga intermediate school teachers in the 1990s was caused by administrators repeatedly ignoring allegations of abuse.
In the district's Oct. 24 legal response to Cunnane's suit, it stated two "affirmative defenses" to her allegations. In one, the district, said Cunnane "was herself careless and negligent in and about the matters alleged in the complaint, and that said carelessness and negligence on said Plaintiff's part proximately contributed to the happenings of the incident ..."
The other stated, "Defendants allege that (Cunnane) was herself responsible for the acts and damages of which she claims ... "
All of that wording has been removed from the district response, board Vice President Charles MacNulty announced after
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the trustees finished a four-hour special closed session meeting Wednesday.
"The governing board and its attorneys, Stubbs and Leone, apologize to Ms. Cunnane for any anxiety or distress caused by the inclusion of this defense in its response to her pleading," he said.
abuse  schools  rape.culture  apology  bayarea  children 
november 2012 by Quercki
Moraga School District: Child sex abuse victim was 'careless and negligent' - ContraCostaTimes.com
MORAGA -- Kristen Cunnane was "careless and negligent" and contributed to her ongoing sexual abuse at the hands of a middle school teacher, the Moraga School District claimed in its first legal response to the UC Berkeley swim coach's lawsuit against the school district and three former administrators.
The district and three other defendants claim Cunnane "was herself responsible for the acts and damages of which she claims," in the Oct. 24 legal filing.
"Carelessness and negligence on (Cunnane's) part proximately contributed to the happenings of the incident and to the injuries, loss and damages," they claim.
When she read the legal response, Cunnane, 30, said she was floored.
"It felt like I got punched in the stomach, and I stood up and thought about how young I was when I was 12 to 13 years old at the school," said Cunnane, whose suit was filed in September. "For them to use words like 'negligent' and 'responsible' just broke my heart."
The school district's attorney said Thursday that the language used as part of its legal stance was appropriate and necessary at the start of such a civil case with significant financial ramifications. The response did not specify how Cunnane was "negligent" or "responsible" for the abuse.
victim-blaming  abuse  children  rape  schools 
november 2012 by Quercki
Lafayette School District says 14-year-old child abuse victim may bear some … | Caring For Our Children Foundation
The same boilerplate legal language that claimed a child victim of sex abuse may bear some responsibility for her abuse at the hands of a former Moraga middle schoolteacher is part of a Lafayette schools case involving the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl.

Louis Leone, the attorney representing the Lafayette School District in that case, claimed “Jane Doe” — who sued the district, Superintendent Fred Brill, Stanley Principal David Schrag and former teacher Michael Merrick earlier this year — “was herself careless and negligent in and about the matters alleged in the complaint, and that said carelessness and negligence on (Jane Doe’s) part proximately contributed to the happenings of the incident and to the injuries, loss and damages.”

Jane Doe’s attorney is livid.

“It is grossly insensitive to impute any degree of responsibility to a child, particularly with respect to matters of sexual abuse and exploitation,” Rick Madsen said Friday.

Leone said the language was needed at the start of a civil case with significant financial ramifications for the school district, and that “all possible affirmative defenses” must be raised or they risk waiving that option.

The Moraga School District superintendent echoed that sentiment Friday, saying in a news release that a lawsuit against his district could cost “millions” and that the defense mentioned in this newspaper’s article was only one of nine potential defense areas and that

the news media “overexaggerated its importance.”

A UC Berkeley tort law expert said while such a defense can be used, to include it in a case involving a child is “implausible” and a tactic that could backfire. Many Lamorinda residents railed against the legal tactic Friday, including some in online comments to local media.
abuse  rape  children  schools  victim-blaming 
november 2012 by Quercki
HOWTO make a school computer lab for free with "broken" computers and free/open source software - Boing Boing
Elizabeth on ifixit tells us the heartwarming story of Robert Litt, a teacher at ASCEND, "a small arts K-8 school in the Alameda County School District." Litt needed a computer lab. His school had no budget, So he called around to local businesses and individuals and collected all their "broken" computers (refusing anything made before 2002 or with less than 512MB of RAM) and installed Ubuntu GNU/Linux on them. What he got was a free, robust computer lab. Litt says ""Discarded computers are our most wasted educational resource," and that we are "starving in the midst of plenty."
Oakland  schools  computers  BoingBoing  free 
august 2012 by Quercki
2nd suit filed in Oakland schools police shooting
Raheim Brown, 20, of Alameda was shot and killed Jan. 22 by Oakland schools police Sgt. Barhin Bhatt after he allegedly stabbed another schools police sergeant, Jonathan Bellusa, with a screwdriver, authorities said.

The episode happened at 9:15 p.m. as Brown was sitting in the passenger seat of a Honda Accord parked on Joaquin Miller Road, not far from where Skyline High School was having its winter ball at a nearby park. The car's hazard lights were on, police said.

As Bellusa approached Brown, his partner approached Timesha Stewart, 20, who was in the driver's seat. The officers smelled marijuana coming from the car, police said.

Brown produced a screwdriver and tried to stab Bellusa, prompting Bhatt to fire through the car at Brown, said Doug Foley, an attorney representing the officers.

The Honda had been stolen that day, and police found a gun in the car within reach of Brown, Foley said.

Davis has said she doubted her son had tried to stab Bellusa with a screwdriver and that even if he did, that still did not warrant deadly force.
murder  police  schools  Oakland  2011 
november 2011 by Quercki
Once upon a time right now « Resist racism
A black high school student did everything she was supposed to do, graduated at the top of her class, and then found herself “co-valedictorian.”

The article’s author details similar cases. 
racism  schools 
july 2011 by Quercki
The only high school marching band in town - The Education Report - Katy Murphy covers what’s going on in the Oakland schools
For years I’ve wanted to see what the Oakland Holiday Parade was all about, and on Saturday I rode my bike downtown to take a look. Earlier in the week, I had interviewed the Skyline High School drum majors and the band president, and so of course I needed to see — and hear — the group in person.
music  oakland  schools 
january 2009 by Quercki
The Perimeter Primate: (School) climate change
Here's how to get information about suspensions, truancies, etc. as they are tracked for official records.
Oakland  schools  statistics 
may 2008 by Quercki

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