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Thomas Maffai

Posts by Thomas Maffai

In-person learning: Where do OUSD and the teachers’ union agree? / Aprendizaje en persona: ¿Dónde están de acuerdo OUSD y el sindicato de maestros?

While families and teachers feel very differently about their readiness to return back to in-person instruction, we can all agree that students are suffering academically,… Read More

Choosing a quality school during the pandemic

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Enrollment season has arrived. Every year, parents make difficult decisions about where to send their kid to school. This year, amidst the pandemic, that… Read More

OUSD has named 6 priorities. What do you think?

OUSD has begun the process to develop its new strategic plan – naming their priorities for the next three years. This is an important document… Read More

You can help expand internet access to every student in Oakland

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It’s inspiring to see innovative teachers respond to this crisis, using technology to make sure learning doesn’t stop while schools are… Read More

To fix the budget crisis, Oakland needs collaboration instead of conspiracy theories

If you’ve been following news about Oakland schools, you know that we’re facing a financial crisis. The district is considering, once again, how to make… Read More

Focused on students: charter and district leaders collaborate on school quality tools

Last week, over 60 parents, educators, and community members gathered to help OUSD leaders answer one question: How do we define a “quality school” in… Read More

Recent protests call for status quo when radical change is needed

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This week’s education news coverage has been dominated by the protests by a small group of Kaiser Elementary parents and OEA… Read More

Video: Is OUSD Saving Too Much $$ or Too Little?

Recently, OUSD closed their financial books for the 2018-2019 school year. One important piece of good news on the budget is that the district has… Read More

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