Put To The Test
Can the city create more equitable schools?
Faced with a budget crisis and the prospect of shuttering many of its campuses, Oakland’s public school system is trying to figure out how to better serve all of its students. KQED’s education team is following the story, and we want your questions and input to help guide our reporting. Scroll down to give us tips, ideas and feedback.
I cover education because I come from a family of teachers. My grandparents taught in Modesto, though they preferred the schools where they taught in Havana; my aunts taught privileged kids in the Bay Area, while in Ceres my mother taught farmworkers’ kids who left every few months; and my sister’s in her first year on the job, where she’s learning if you want a pencil sharpener for the classroom you have to buy it yourself.
I’m a mom of three who grew up in a racially and ethnically diverse city with segregated housing patterns. Those equity issues still play out in the local high school where my kids went to school, in Evanston, Il. As a reporter and editor in Chicago I spent months following school reform efforts as then superintendent Arnie Duncan lead the district take over of low performing schools. I watched those reform efforts with the brightest, most committed and culturally competent teachers and principals trying to prove they could change students’ lives.
I am a digital producer and reporter for KQED News. Before that, I created educational news content for teachers and students as part of KQED’s Education Department. Back in the day, I was also a public school teacher at Fremont High School in East Oakland, where I taught journalism classes and oversaw the school’s student newspaper and magazine publications.