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Expanding Access

Ensuring every Oakland family has access to a high quality school

Every Oakland family deserves a quality school that helps them develop their full potential. For generations Black, Brown and low income families have sought educational opportunity but lacked quality school options in their neighborhoods. FIA supports families through publicizing options with an emphasis on highlighting schools that are providing quality education and equitable access to Oakland’s students, especially those traditionally underserved.
Vote for Oakland Students

Oakland Quality High School Awards

The race gap in college eligibility is Oakland’s “dirty little secret”. 80% of white seniors will graduate from an OUSD high school and be able to apply to a 4 year college. For Latinos, 55% and Black students, just 40%. Since 2019 FIA has hosted a spring awards show to recognize the district and charter high schools that are providing extraordinary college access to Black and Brown students.

Last spring, thousands of Oaklanders gathered together to celebrate the top high schools making college eligibility a reality for Black and Brown students. Every year, FIA hosts awards shows that uplift the schools and educators that are making access to college a reality.

FIA & A-G College Eligibility

A-G Resources

Download the Tool kit: FIA + A-G Tool Kit ➔

Download the A-G Training Kit: What is A-G and why does it matter? ➔

To choose a quality high school, look at the A-G completion rates ➔

To choose a quality elementary school, look at the SBAC data by board district ➔

Our Students Need Space to Grow. Please help.

By Yue Shao (on behalf of the Yu Ming Educator Union)

On behalf of the members of Yu Ming Educators Union (CTA/NEA), we are writing to ask for your support for the Yu Ming Charter School’s Material Revision application to secure a more suitable site for our school.

Can K12 Enrollment Declines Spark a Push for Quality?

Public school enrollment dropped in California this year by more than 110,000 students.

Vote for Equity!

By Sonya Soltani

It is no secret that K-12 public education is and has been in crisis, especially right here in our own backyard. Let’s be real – students and families aren’t always centered in all decisions that pertain to them, and it’s time we all took a seat at the table to stand up for our youth.

A Reflection from a Unity High Teacher

By Keisha Pierre Stephen

In Oakland, there is a prevalent narrative that charter schools are stealing money and students from district schools, they are not held accountable, and they are part of an effort to privatize public education. However, according to The Mercury News, “more and more, Bay Area families — rich and poor — are opting out of their nearby public schools in favor of charter or private schools.”

As Elections Near, New Powerful Voter Block Emerges: Parents

The education voter could be the “new swing voter.”

FIA Alameda County Election Update

June 7 election’s early results!

FIA Talks: College Talks

Our fourth podcast episode is out now!

Congrats Grads! Spring Leadership Inst. & Graduation Celebration

The Spring 2022 Leadership Institute was made up of 50 parent and youth leaders with a common goal – triple voter registration to build electoral power among charter school communities.

Building Leadership »

Empowering Families, Educators, and Community Leaders

Expanding Access »

Ensuring every Oakland family has access to a high quality school

Catalyzing Quality »

Helping raise the bar for quality education

Ecosystem Development »

Bringing Oakland together in the name of quality

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