Latest Oakland School Stories

2008-09-08 09:00:40

By Katy Murphy EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a sampling of The Education Report, Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools. Read more and post comments at www.ibabuzz.com/education. July 22: In recent years, some 40 percent of Oakland's new teaching hires have come from across the country through programs such as Teach for America and Oakland Teaching Fellows. To create a more stable teaching force, the school district is trying to recruit more home-grown talent. Those interested in teaching in...

2008-07-21 15:00:53

By Katy Murphy, The Oakland Tribune, Calif. Jul. 19--They call it the "summer slide." As June slips into July and then the dog days of August, many of the math skills, history lessons and new vocabulary words that students acquired during the school year fade without the routine of daily classes. Shanga Labossiere, 11, said that happened to him last year. After a long, idle summer, he said, he spent the first two weeks of the semester cramming for a test on material he had learned...

2008-06-16 12:00:53

By Katy Murphy, The Oakland Tribune, Calif. Jun. 16--OAKLAND -- The Alternative Learning Community opened last fall as a middle school for students teetering between success and failure. It was built in a hurry. The man who spearheaded the project felt the school was so badly needed in Oakland that he couldn't let another year go by without it. "These are kids that, frankly, we have failed as a district," Fred Brill, the district administrator and driving force behind the school, said at...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'