Earl Marty Price 
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Re: “Andre Ward’s Journey Continues

Thanks nice not to have some scandal. It has been a while since I read something that made me feel so good. Thanks Andre for all the pride you brought us,

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 04/26/2018 at 8:27 AM

Re: “June Ballot Measure Seeks to Shame Warriors’ Owners and San Francisco Officials

They have no shame...Lacob still thinks we were booing because of the Monta trade,and the press has helped with that narrative. Those of us there were booing for the massive show of contempt for us in the East Bay...Anyone that knows the game knew that was a good trade. Anyone with a sense of decency knows it was lacking and on full display that night. The article is right SF never supported the team. The Oaks were even a better team and Barry jumped to play for them...oh well. I gave up my Niner tix after they moved.That place down south is souless.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 03/21/2018 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Hoover-Foster Library Effort Gathers Steam

We also had a library on San Pablo right past the Jug Club called the Cambridge branch. I went to Durant , Hoover , an Westlake growing up on 34th..glad to see this effort for an area decimated by BART and the "freeways"

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 01/22/2018 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

Thanks for this coverage. Harris is exposing himself when he talks about structural deficits. I would like to point out that their fiscal guy is Vernon Hal..He was there when I retired in 2005. Ok that is part of the problem but still even under Mr. Hal they were making progress in terms of paying the state debt. That all stopped with Wilson. There is no defending him , nor Harris

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/28/2017 at 5:23 PM

Re: “The Wrong Path?

I for one do not thinkk this is a nuanced update but a hit piece on a school that has made major strides in developing a sound, wonderful school culture. I think both the writer and editor missed the mark and failed to look into what has happened at Tech these past twenty years and how it became a go to school. Then again our Broad trained superintendents as well had done this.
To write about black kids who went to the school over twenty years ago in Mr. Hutcninson's case, and Ms. Apara who graduated in 2000, while down playing the young man Antonio Calbo Jackson who was the most real up to date quote you made. He kept it real. In 2000 when I became Assistant Principal we already had a problem where Mr. Wolfe was turning away kids, and Ms. Joe was taking the overflow teaching classes with over 40 kids. We had to establish an honors program under Elisabeth Haugen, and she stood tall. There was a problem in my five years there in the ethnic makeup of the classes, and their location. The classes were nearly all white, Asian a few black and Latin kids, but moreover they were in one part of the campus away from th emajority of the black and brown kids who were in the other wings. Abut ten years ago when Shelagh Andujar was principal some white kids , along with Latin and black kids demanded more AP options so they could be more a part of the school http://culture.So two more teachers learned and adopted the AP curriculum, and they too taught like MS. Wolfe in a Socratic style. Then too the Health Academy (with partnerships with three local hospitals) , the Computer, and other academies were growing and they needed AP options for their kid separate from Paidea. Mary Ann was given the opportunity on more then three occasions to make Paidea an academy, but she was not willing to do that as academies have take kids identified as academically needy in order to qualify for the extra money the state provides academies. She was not willing to do that, as it would have changed th demographic they have now..white, asian students with no academic issues , saying they would have to water down the curriculum. This is in a word bullshit. Mary Hamada proved at Bret Harte in the 90's that by splittng the GATE kids between two teachers and then giving the same two teachers the most at risk kids, that the latters learning increases dramtically as those kids know they are learning"what the smart kids learn". I was one of the two teachers. Yes it is not a call and response Socratic thing you do with the more advanced kids, but there is that and you have to roll up your sleeves and get in there and teach. The article did mention that everything done there is a collaboration between administration and staff, all staff. So Mary Ann's hurt feelings were not based on adminstrative problems but a faculty thing as the faculty voted on new models to push the whole school forward. The thing that changed TEch from "Killa High" and integrated the school was a program developed by Darrick Smith called T.R.Y. umf or (triumph) This stood for "trying to uplift my folks. Originally desinged for young black men soon it was enrolling young black women. In 2000 we were fortuitous that we had an influx of white kids from generational progressive families and these kids enrolled as well. Under Principal Ron Rosenbaum it became a Cal accredited class,as I was the credentialed sponsor. Darrick's curriculum was an adaption of Freire's thoughts on the "Pedagogy of The Oppressed. I mean kids in college have a hard time with Friere's book and here was Darrick not only teaching it but demonstrating how it worked in our society! These kids not only learned but served the school as well with servvice projects. They stood in the foyer every morning and did a salute and pledge about conduct and standards of behavior. Darrick taught as well about hompphobia, and misogny, and racism. It became a moral imperative and every public high school needs a version of it. I think Buld On kind of does this now.
At the same time we fromed a Parent Patrol. Parent volunteers who stood in our hallways at the staircases and observed, while wearing purple and gold jackets..kids do not want to mess up with other kids parents looking on.
Finally I have always admired Mary Ann as an instructor, but was dismayed by the way she quit. She did not resign she quit and deliberately left the program in the lurch, two weeks before school started. Totally unprofessional and was in my mind to cast aspersions toward the administration led by two gifted Co-Principals, Staci Ross-Morrison with a warm calming , vision of what the school should be. The other Co-Principall Josue Diaz is a visionary and public education needs way more like him then these TSA folks who wrok at teaching for two, three years and becme adminstrators and look to cash out. In Josue you have a young Chicano who can get down with the Cholos and who heart is in the sciences so he can talk that talk with the nerds. So this old Bulldog who first entered that front door in September of 1959, is proud of the school, proud of Paidea, Maureen Nixon-Holtan and David DeLeeuw, who built the Health Academy, Emmanuel Onyeador, the Computer Academy honored by th Obama Whitehouse for being one of the oldest, thinks Tech will be fine. Ms. Wolfe should enjoy her retirement, as she put i great work

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/27/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Really a good article. If they leave they leave. I would rather a minor league team that does not black mail a small city so suburbanites can have their fun at our expense. I think the lake is the most vital jewel in this twon and far more valuable then any of these franchises to the health of the city. We passed a big measure to restore it and look at all the good things we have had happening there since. Thanks Mr. Gammon for this one

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/08/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

I think Kaval is being disingenuous. He said he has done neighborhood surveys. I know he had a meeting at La Estrellita, but that restarant is no longer representative of the neighborhood population. His whole mantra is private funding. Well that is appropriate as they are owned by a man fabulously wealthy who has drained the club of talent through his GM and just year after year received big money from MLB. You have the bond issue which we here in Oakland passed to improve water quality at the lake and the channel leading to it. For the first time in years folks are seeing striped bass in the lake and more fish from the bay. The walkway along the channel is lovely, and it has been money well spent. The Lake is the oldest bird sanctuary in the country and there is no study of noise implications for the wildlife that has returned to the area. I understood that there was money to be made available for the Coli site for infrastructure . Is that same money there for this project that was sprung on us?/ As the young man said, traffic around there is horrible in rush hour as we only have seventh street. No one entions that on the other side of Laney is OUSD headquarters scheduled for a rebuild. There are also three schools, Dewey , Met West and La Escualita. These schools plus Laney already have a trffic impact and when OUSD returns it promises to be greater still. 60 years ago the community was disrupted for the Nimitz and that is why the Buddhist Temple sits across from the park in front of Lake Merritt BART, as it was moved there. You now have a smaller temple a block from Laney as well. We all know that both East Lake and Chinatown will sufer massive disruption from this project. I am hoping Mr. Kaval is not totally wedded to this site and looks at Howard or the Coliseum, where he couldhave the advantage of being the sole tenant. The old Coli without Mt. Davis was a wonderful venue with it's veiw of the hilss an wonderful weather. The A's hav proven they can draw there, but most fans are like me. I will b glued to my tv set during the playoffs watching the ex A's play for contenders which this team has a possibility of being in the next year or so. Past practice tells us Beane will trade our budding talent as we are notably a farm team for other big league teams. I love the A's, but it hurts being one of their fans and this adds to the hurt.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 10/02/2017 at 4:10 PM

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