September 11, 2012
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After a thorough community review of all school board candidates in District 5, our board has unanimously endorsed Rosie Torres. The election will be held on November 6, 2012.
Rosie is the recipient of a California public school education, the proud mother of a child thriving in the Oakland public schools, a successful business owner, attorney, wife, community activist, and a dedicated volunteer. She is passionate about public education because it transformed her life, and she will fight to ensure that all Oakland students have access to great public schools.
The GO Board--through surveys, interviews, and member feedback on all candidates--found that Rosie possesses the communication and leadership skills, values, and vision to make a great impact for Oakland's students.
Rosie is also supported by the National Women's Political Caucus, SEIU 1021, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, and East Bay Young Democrats.
We're excited to support Rosie, James, and Jumoke, and we think each is poised to support great gains for Oakland students. Now we're going to need you to help get them elected. Here's how you can help:
1. Sign up to phone bank or walk a neighborhood over the next two months.
2. Donate $5 or more to provide the resources we need to support these candidates.
These elections are an extraordinary opportunity to change the conversation about public education in Oakland to focus on our students. Let's all do what we can to ensure we win - there's only 57 days left until the election.
About Jumoke Hinton Hodge, District 3 (West Oakland, Downtown, Adams Point)
Director Hinton-Hodge was first elected to the school board in 2008. During her first term, she helped to develop and guide "Thriving Students" an ambitious strategic plan for the Oakland Unified School District; sponsored the District's "A-G" requirements ensuring all students have access the courses necessary for college; and was instrumental in selecting and hiring Superintendent Tony Smith. Director Hinton-Hodge also lead the effort to create a district wide restorative justice policy to address discipline practices under which disproportionate numbers of African-American and Latino students were being expelled from school. She is currently the Program Director at People's Grocery in West Oakland.
"Jumoke is a parent and a caring community member with deep roots in Oakland. In her four years on the school board she has learned to effectively work with others and navigate the system," said Dr. Washington Burns, a community leader in District 3 and GO Board member. "She is a consistent voice for equity. She is an asset on the school board for students and families now, and will continue to be if she is re-elected."
About James Harris, District 7 (East Oakland)
James Harris is a former high school English teacher and active in the Oakland education community. He is on the board of Aim High and was a founding member of Great Oakland Public Schools. An innovative and strategic thinker, James will be a force for civility, teamwork, and progress on the School Board.
"James is a parent and a former teacher. He understands the complex issues at play in the Oakland Unified School District. He will work hard to make the schools better for our children," said Mary Prime Lawrence, East Oakland resident, mother of three students and GO Board member. "We need James on the School Board because he is dedicated to putting children first. He knows how to forge alliances to create success."