I’ve been looking to buy a house here in Oakland and the whole experience is a bit surreal. I’ll save you the blow by blow, but looking at home values, school rankings, and the OPD’s crime map; a few things jump out at me.
Firstly, people talk a lot about crime in Oakland but looking at that map there’s crime almost everywhere (except Albany apparently – it’s a big blank spot on the crime map. Either criminals avoid Albany like Kryptonite or they just don’t report their crime statistics).
Secondly, the quality of education a child receives in California varies even within a city. This is not terribly surprising – lower income students whose parents are working two jobs to survive lack the support at home that wealthier kids get and are more likely to require extra resources to thrive. What is surprising is not that there is disparity, but the degree of the disparity.
To put it bluntly, it is a crime that there are ANY 1-star public schools. Continue reading