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GO California: Sara Sandhu, Communications Director, 510-734-7289, ssandhu@gopublicschools.org
GO Oakland: Jessica Stewart, Executive Director, 334-524-6716, jessica@gopublicschools.org


My daughter’s first step into struggling Oakland schools, East Bay Times, August 27, 2019

Mr. Slatic, our children are watching us. You must be a better role model for themThe Fresno Bee, July 19, 2019

Principal LaForest: Heart, courage, and conviction, The Richmond Standard, June 4, 2019

Teacher strike in East Bay district enters second week after marathon pay talks collapse, SFGate, May 28, 2019

Why GO Public Schools Fresno, Central Valley Today, May 8, 2019

An Infrastructure of Parent Power – the Magnificent 7, The 74, May 7, 2019

Mira Vista principal improves outcomes one student at a time, The Richmond Standard, April 9, 2019

At Oakland School Board meeting, debate over school closures and charter schools intensifies, OaklandNorth, March 21, 2019

Pinole principal ‘a learning leader’, The Richmond Standard, March 12, 2019

Education rebel with a cause, Great Schools, March 10, 2019

Oakland Teachers’ 7-day strike ends with big pay hike, United Federation of Teachers, March 1, 2019

Despite Tensions, Some Oakland Charter School Teachers Join Picket Line in Solidarity, KQED News, February 24, 2019

Oakland teachers’ strike expecting support from ‘sick’ charter school teachers, ABC News (KG0-TV), February 24, 2019

Charter schools draw teachers’ ire as striking Oakland educators widen focus, SF Chronicle, February 22, 2019

Day 2 of Oakland teachers strike ends with both sides heading into weekend for more negotiations, East Bay Times, February 22, 2019

Teacher Retention a Major Motive Behind Oakland Strike, CBS News , February 22, 2019

Oakland teacher strike: What the independent fact-finding report suggests for Oakland educators, ABC News (KGO-TV), February 19, 2019

Planned school closures in Oakland Unified have parents, teachers and community members on edge, EdSource, January 24, 2019

Oakland School Board to vote on recommended budget cuts, ABC News (KGO-TV), January 23, 2019

Discuten cierre de varias escuelas en Oakland, Telemundo, January 21, 2019

Oakland Unified looks to cut up to $30 million from 2019-20 budget, East Bay Times, January 17, 2019

Oakland Unified scrambles to identify as many as 24 schools that could be closed in next 5 years, East Bay Times, January 8, 2019


As Potential Closures Loom, Oakland Parents Want ‘Opportunity Ticket’ to Access Better Schools, KQED, December 11, 2018

New Oakland school financial crisis requires bold changes, East Bay Times, November 1, 2018

Asking candidates the right questions about public education, EdSource, October 28, 2018

Questions and Answers on OUSD Bailout Bill, Great School Voices, October 8, 2018

Oakland Teachers Protest Amidst Fraught Contract Negotiations, Oakland North, October 2, 2018

Oakland Schools Try Collaboration over Battling, Nonprofit Quarterly, July 13, 2018

Opinion: Oakland is uniting district, charter schools, Mercury News, July 6, 2018

The Oakland school board is pushing for more coordination with charter schools, but faces fierce backlash, Chalkbeat, July 3, 2018

GO Public Schools Fresno’s Executive Director, Diego Arambula, Your Central Valley, April 6, 2018

Opinion: ‘Chop from the top’ won’t fix Oakland schools’ fiscal woesEast Bay Times, March 28, 2018

Oakland’s New Superintendent Is a Homegrown Leader for a District in Financial TurmoilThe 74, March 20, 2018

Take It From an Educator: Arming Teachers is Not the Answer to Keeping Our Students SafeThe 74, March 1, 2018

California’s school rating system fails — again, East Bay Times, February 15, 2018

To Survive its School Funding Crisis, Oakland Must Learn from its StudentsThe 74, January 23, 2018

CA Education Activists Call Out Board of Education’s Position on School Suspensions (21:22)KPFA, January 20, 2018

New Book Tells History of Government Segregation in Richmond and Beyond, SF Chronicle, January 18, 2018


Oakland schools budget cuts will mean layoffs, furloughs, KTVU, December 15, 2017

OUSD Approves $9 Million Budget Cuts, Patch, December 14, 2017

Fresno Unified Educators Work on a Plan to Transform Future of Local Education, Your Central Valley, December 7, 2017

Opinion: Strong leadership needed to fix Oakland school finances, East Bay Times, November 14, 2017

Opinion: Charting a Better Path for Oakland’s Public Schools, East Bay Times, August 29, 2017

Analysis: Oakland Educators Bridging Charter-Traditional School Divide to Work Toward Equity for All Students, The 74 Million, August 27, 2017

2 Big Takeaways in the Latest Charter and District Comparisons in Oakland,Great School Voices, July 11, 2017

Charters vs. district schools: Which are better off? Neither, study says, Education Dive, June 25, 2017

Do charters or traditional schools have it worse? A new study says both, LA Times, June 23, 2017

Oakland charters more likely to enroll higher-performing students than district schools, EdSource, June 20, 2017

Notes From the Field: If You Want Great Schools, First Work With Parents to Create ‘Actionable Demand’, the 74 Million, May 10, 2017

Oakland Unified Schools names new superintendent, KTVU, CBS San Francisco (5 KPIX), and SF Gate, May 10, 2017

Oakland schools pick superintendent amid budget mess, SF Chronicle, May 10, 2017

Oakland’s New Teachers Need Your Support, Oakland Post, March 8, 2017


Crisis de maestros en Oakland, Telemundo 48, March 6, 2017

Oakland: About 70 percent of new teachers leave the district in five years, report says, East Bay Times, March 4, 2017

If You’re Gonna Be on ‘Team Public Education’ You Need to Commit to These 3 Things, Education Post, February 15, 2017

Data-driven solutions needed to close WCCUSD student achievement gaps, The Richmond Standard, January 26, 2017

West Contra Costa school district report offers solutions for African-American achievement gap, East Bay Times, January 25, 2017

Oaklanders weigh in on qualities wanted in new OUSD superintendent, SF Gate, January 20, 2017

Bailed-out Oakland schools are back in financial trouble, SF Chronicle, January 3, 2017


Oakland teachers float funding wishes by the hundreds online, East Bay Times, December 16, 2016

Oakland Unified appoints interim superintendent, East Bay Times, December 14, 2016


Choice of new Oakland schools Superintendent is crucial, SF Chronicle, December 4, 2016

Will D.C.’s new chancellor finally be able to close the achievement gap?, Washington Post, December 4, 2016

OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson to leave district in February, KRON 4 News, November 22, 2016

Oakland Unified Superintendent To Lead Washington, DC Schools,CBS San Francisco (5 KPIX), November 22, 2016

The Path Forward for Oakland Students, Oakland Post, November 21, 2016

Commentary: Discussing data makes public schools better, East Bay Times, September 23, 2016

Oakland Achieves report offers comparison of charters and district-run schools, East Bay Times, September 21, 2016

Charter school moratorium not my choice, East Bay Times, September 2, 2016

Why school board elections matter for West Contra Costa families, Richmond Pulse, August 24, 2016

West Contra Costa: Schools chief finalist named. East Bay Times, June 2, 2016

Coffee Break: Jonathan Klein on Oakland Schools, Jelly Jars and the Steph Effect, Education Post, May 11, 2016

Must bridge racial divide in quality education, East Bay Times, May 4, 2016


OUSD meeting punctuated by arguments rolls out budget transparency, special ed plan, Oakland North, October 15, 2015

Oakland Schools underperform in reading, math; chronic absence rates improve, Bay Area News Group, September 22, 2015


Report shows “chronic absence” down in Oakland, but still a problem, Oakland North, October 13, 2014

Letter to Editor SF Chronicle, October 2, 2014

More Graduate From Oakland Schools But Most Not Ready For College, Oakland Local, September 29, 2014

Deep racial divide in Oakland schools’ attendance rates, SF Chronicle, September 27, 2014

Only 40 Percent of Oakland Kindergartners Ready to Start School, KQED, August 7, 2014

Talk and read to your baby, Hillary Clinton and local groups advise, Oakland Local, July 24, 2014

My Word: Many productive ways to show appreciation to teachers, Oakland Tribune, June 16, 2014

New app shows Oakland schools’ academic performance right on your phone, Oakland Local, July 11, 2014

Guest commentary: New Oakland schools superintendent must provide dynamic leadership, Oakland Tribune, April 10, 2014


Oakland school report is a joint effort, The San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2013

Report: GO Public Schools seeks community support in helping students achieve academically, Oakland Tribune, February 27, 2013

GO Public Schools releases ‘Oakland Achieves’ school progress report, Oakland Local, February 27, 2013


Local school power and a new system for assessing teachers, The Education Report, April 29, 2012

Superintendent Smith discusses state of OUSD in talk to educators, families, Oakland North, March 28, 2012

OUSD “mutual matching” proposal would change how teachers are assigned to schools, Oakland North, January 23, 2012


Schools Chief in the Hot Seat, Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2011.

Oakland’s Potential School Closures, Oakland North, September 27, 2011.

School closures on the horizon in Oakland, The Education Report, August 23, 2011.

With more seats than students, conversations about school closures begin in OUSD, Oakland North, March 2, 2011.

How should OUSD respond to declining enrollment? A Better Oakland, March 2, 2011.

OUSD Teacher Layoffs: Why Los Angeles matters for Oakland (Opinion) Oakland Local, February 25, 2011.

Make sure your input is included in OUSD’s 5-year strategic plan! Oakland Local, January 7, 2011.

Oakland Education Policy 2011 Top 10 Wish List (Community Voice), Oakland Local, January 2, 2011.


GO Public Schools’ wish list for 2011, The Education Report, December 30, 2010

The bleated scoop on OUSD task forces and meetings you want to attend, The Education Report, November 12, 2010

The Slow, Steady Revolution. Teach for America Alumni Magazine, Fall 2010.

Voters’ Guide to help you choose–plus How to find your polling place, Oakland Local, October 29, 2010

In Oakland school board election, a dearth of candidates, The Bay Citizen, October 29, 2010

A proponent of Measure L weighs in, Oakland North, October 25, 2010

Who will be picked to join OUSD’s task forces and how? The Education Report, October 22, 2010

Oakland school board voter guide now online, Oakland North, October 13, 2010

An Oakland voter’s guide courtesy of GO Public Schools, The Education Report, October 6, 2010

Taking a stance on public education, Oakland North, October 6, 2010

Oakland education supporters learn what it takes to be a school board member, Oakland Local, July 22, 2010

OUSD Superintendent Tony Smith defines strategy for Oakland public schools, Oakland Local, March 14, 2010

Great Oakland Public Schools hosts Thursday discussion of budget cuts, quality schools, Oakland Local, March 9, 2010

GO Public Schools hosts a breakfast gathering, SFGate.com, Febuary 1, 2010

Two opportunities to get involved and weigh in on the future of the City budget, A Better Oakland, January 21, 2010


A warm welcome to this year’s new Oakland bloggers. You guys rock! A Better Oakland, December 31, 2009

Survey:Oakland principals like to control their own budgets, The Education Report, December 2, 2009

New school head Tony Smith: “This is the future of democracy.” Oakland North, September 28, 2009

A new Oakland schools coalition: Will you join? The Education Report, July 7, 2009

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