• Connecting with Kyla

  • 11.16.19 My Thoughts After an Extremely Difficult Week in Oakland

    I am reminded just how precious life is, and how at anytime, it can come to a sudden and unexpected end through no fault of your own. All of it makes me want to, first, hug my family and tell them that I love them. Then it makes me want to focus on the things that really matter, in life and in work.

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  • 11.13.19 Setting the Record Straight on School Closures

    We are not going to -- nor have we ever planned to -- close 24 schools. Unfortunately, I continue to hear this from the media and from some people who want to advance an inaccurate narrative in our community.

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  • 11.01.19 An update about our most recent Board Meeting

    It is important for us to begin to address this situation from a place of compassion for everyone involved. Even in times of conflict, we must uphold our values and respect everyone’s freedom of speech as well as the democratic process. I have given a lot of thought to what might change the dynamic in which we find ourselves.

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  • 10.24. 19 A Message About Last Night's Board Meeting

    It is important for us to begin to address this situation from a place of compassion for all of our community members. Even in times of conflict, we must uphold our values and respect everyone’s freedom of speech as well as the democratic process.

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  • 09.17.19 Moving Towards A Brighter Future

    Last week was an important one for the OUSD community. I want to share some vital news as we continue to move from crisis towards stability and create a high quality, sustainable public school system.

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  • 09.06.19 Building on our Strengths

    When I was a student in OUSD, educational quality was not equitable. Many of my friends did not get what they needed from the system. While we’ve made many improvements in the years since, there are still students who are not getting what they deserve. This must change.

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  • 08.11.19 This is What We Do

    The beauty of our District is that our students represent all backgrounds and ethnicities. We stand ready to welcome them all tomorrow on the first day of school. For me, the “Back to School’ season is one of hope and renewal. Our resilient staff rises to the occasion every year. Floors are waxed. Lesson plans are revamped. Meals are prepared. But most importantly, our educators are ready to greet all students with open arms.

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  • 08.08.19 My Thoughts on the Recent Bad News in Our Nation

    With mass shootings - some of which targeted people because of their race, ethnicity, or perceived immigration status - and mass raids by ICE on people just earning a living for their families, I sometimes don’t even want to turn on the TV. Fortunately, we haven’t yet had such activity here in Oakland. I hope it stays that way.

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