By JR Valrey During the Covid 19 pandemic, our lives, small businesses, and society have been altered in ways that we would have never predicted and never thought possible, 5 or 10 or 20 years ago. One of the major changes is that schools in … Continue readingSurviving the Pandemic As a New Father and Business Owner: Rob Jackson of Rovy Designs Speaks
By JR Valrey With Oakland schools partially reopening, many students and parents alike are not adequately being informed about the deals and deadlines that the teachers unions and the district are making, in regards to opening, after the Covid 19 shelter in place mandate forced … Continue readingTeacher Taiwo Kujichagulia Seitu Discusses Oakland Schools Partially Reopening 8 Weeks Before Summer Break
By JR Valrey Ms. Kujichagulia has been a freedom fighter in the community for decades, and a mother figure to me, for more than half of my life. Her knowledge and politics have always impressed me. Her passion to teach Black people to do better … Continue readingBlack Women-led Revolutionary Social Media Show, “Name It! Claim It! End It…Racism!” Is Weekly
By JR Valrey, the People’s Minister of Information As Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner advocates for the 900 schools, in his jurisdiction, to become Covid vaccination centers to hasten distribution to his district, it is important that we know where Bay Area … Continue readingOakland Unified School District is Struggling with the Pandemic: an interview with OUSD Board Director VanCedric Williams
By JR Valrey With the Oakland Education Association (the teachers union) battling the Oakland Unified School District, over what defines a safe environment for the students and teachers to return to school, as well as the proposed mandatory covid vaccinations for students, teachers, and staff … Continue readingWest Oakland Non-profit Boost! Is Hosting Virtual Fundraiser to Fund Shelter in Place Academic Assistance for Much Needed Student Services in Oakland
By JR Valrey The year 2020 can be described as one of the most uncertain years on record, where everything society has considered normal, has been thrown into disarray. Right beside employment and housing, the nation is dealing with an educational system that is bursting … Continue readingThe Teachers Union and The Oakland Unified School District Battle Over Re-Opening of Schools Plan
by JR Valrey, Black New World Media Black August 2020 will go down in the books as the first school year when public education in the United States went completely digital, and parents were expected to monitor their youth for five to six hours a … Continue readingAs public education disintegrates into distance learning for the foreseeable future, Oakland parents are coming with solutions
Kevin Robinson by JR Valrey, Black New World Media Over the last five months, the educational system has been ravaged by the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, which was announced on March 12, 2020, by Mayor London Breed. Children have been government mandated to attend school via … Continue readingShould SFUSD-owned KALW be mandated to air more student and community voices during and after shelter-in-place?