April 12, 1994 |
It appeared to be a love fest for Steven Spielberg at Castlemont High School on Monday when the Oscar-winning director of "Schindler's List" delivered a rousing message to students about the Holocaust and intolerance. The reception was chillier for Gov. Pete Wilson, who came to help Spielberg launch the Schindler's List Project and received polite applause, but whose presence was viewed by some as a reelection ploy and an intrusion.
February 15, 1992 |
Spectators at school basketball and football games are being searched with hand-held metal detectors under a new policy intended to thwart gang confrontations. Use of metal detectors at varsity games was sought by police who provide security at the games after a youth was seen carrying a gun at a Jan. 29 game at Fremont High School. Police confiscated 60 weapons in a record 4,592 calls to Oakland schools through the end of January this school year, said Oakland Police Sgt. Harold Boutte.
November 4, 1991 |
Two months into the new school year, thousands of Oakland fourth-, fifth- and seventh-graders have no history or social studies textbooks. Teachers are scrambling to devise makeshift textbooks with material from old texts, paperback biographies, famous speeches and lessons written by everybody from UC Berkeley professors to community activists. "We're creating a curriculum from scratch," said one seventh-grade teacher.
January 11, 1991 |
In a protest of impending war with Iraq, the Oakland Board of Education voted 7 to 0 to stop selling names, phone numbers and addresses of high school students to military recruiters. About 30 parents, students and anti-war activists spoke Wednesday night against recruiters' repeated phone calls and letters to high school students. The Oakland Unified School District, the state's sixth largest, had sold lists for $150 to the services in a practice that is common across the state.
January 10, 1991 |
Reacting to the threat of war and heeding the protests of parents, the school board is reconsidering its policy of selling lists of seniors' home phone numbers to military recruiters. "For our young people, we are talking about a life-and-death issue," said board member Sheila Jordan, co-author of a measure calling for an end to the sales. The resolution was prompted by parents who complained that their children were being called at home by aggressive military recruiters.
January 25, 1990 |
In an extraordinarily blunt report, the state auditor general charged Wednesday that the troubled Oakland Unified School District knowingly hired a convicted drug user, paid administrators for days they did not work or degrees they had not earned and granted an inflated contract to an underqualified consultant.
October 3, 1989 |
Nearly $1.5 billion in new tobacco tax revenues will be spent on health care for the poor, trauma centers and an anti-smoking advertising campaign under sweeping legislation signed Monday by Gov. George Deukmejian. The measure by Assemblyman Phillip Isenberg (D-Sacramento), which divides money raised under Proposition 99, will provide funds for beleaguered county governments and such health care programs as prenatal services, clinics and children's hospitals.
September 11, 1989 |
Battle lines are drawn over a plan to give the state unprecedented control in Oakland's scandal-plagued and financially strapped public schools. On one side are state Supt. of Instruction Bill Honig, Assemblyman Elihu M. Harris (D-Oakland) and many school principals. They say the appointment of a state overseer is the best way to cure California's fifth-largest school district of theft, alleged nepotism, irresponsible budgeting and academic failure.
August 31, 1989 |
Unprecedented legislation authorizing appointment of a state trustee to supervise the financial affairs of the beleaguered Oakland school district was approved Wednesday by the state Senate Education Committee. The state has appointed a few such trustees in the past but always at the request of local school officials.