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School Board Candidate Endorsement Process Opens

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Great Oakland Public Schools (501c4) is preparing to embark on a process to consider endorsing candidates for school board for the November 2012 election. Our board of directors, based on their understanding of mature candidate fields in Districts 3 and 7, has approved a motion to open the endorsement process in these two districts.

The steps of the process will be as follows:

1) We invite candidates to submit written responses to this questionnaire (which refers to our Core Values, listed here). Responses will help inform our endorsements and will be posted to our website. Please return this to Jessica via email no later than Monday, April 23rd at 5pm.

2) On Saturday, April 28th, we invite candidates to participate in an in-person interview with our board and members. We anticipate the interview to last about half an hour and be recorded so that our members may watch the video and so that it can be posted on our website. GO members (those who have paid membership dues by March 1st) will be invited to participate in these interviews. We anticipate these interviews will be held between 9AM and 1PM - please let Jessica know if you have a preference of time during this window and we will try to accommodate your request.

3) GO members will be given the chance to provide feedback and input after viewing the questionnaire and interview videos.

4) The GO Board of Directors will consider the input of the membership in assessing the extent to which a candidate supports GO's Core Values and Policy Agenda, will be an effective leader, and will be a viable candidate.

5) The Board will then decide whether or not to make an early endorsement (before the filing deadline) of one or more candidates.

Please reach out to Jonathan or Jessica with any questions.
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