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  • Introducing the Opportunity Ticket

    “If you’re black and low-income in Oakland, you have to fight for the right to a good school.”

    By: Lakisha Young

    “If you’re black and low-income in Oakland, you have to fight for the right to a good school.”

    Those are the words of The Oakland REACH’s very own Tenisa Lyles. And it’s the reason why over 150 parents came together on December 12th in our bright yellow shirts to present a proposal to the OUSD school board for an Opportunity Ticket. An Opportunity Ticket would provide the most vulnerable students higher preference for enrolling in quality schools

    Why do we need this?

    • ONLY ONE PERCENT of black kids in Oakland attend a school that’s above the state average and making progress.
    • TWO-THIRDS of black kids attend a school that is below the state average and going backwards.

    The opportunity ticket is about finally saying that families who are most often left behind actually have an opportunity and a pathway to a higher, better-quality option.

    As Tenisa explains, “When there’s change—school closures, mergers, consolidations, or whatever they want to call it—it’s parents like me that get bounced around because we are the last to know about what’s going down and how it will impact us the most. That don’t make no sense. We’re not about to let that happen.”

    Read Tenisa’s full story on Education Post.

    And check out more coverage of our proposal for an Opportunity Ticket here:

    KQED: Oakland Considers ‘Opportunity Ticket’ to Funnel More Minority Students Into Top Schools

    ABC7: Oakland parents launch preemptive strike ahead of possible school closures

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