GO Public Schools congratulates Oakland's newly-elected mayor, Libby Schaaf. We look forward to working with our new mayor to ensure all students have access to a quality education that prepares them to fully participate in the 21st century community and economy.
In her campaign, Mayor-elect Schaaf showed a commitment to taking on difficult and complex education issues that greatly affect Oakland youth. She holds an ambitious and inspiring vision of Oakland as a center of innovation and excellence in public schools.
Improve access to early childhood education programs:
"Within my first year, we will convene leaders of relevant city, county, and school district agencies, and community-based organizations for a first annual "Early Oakland" summit to align actions to ensure that all subsidized slots are filled in the city, that quality in those classrooms continues to improve, and that we add more access to high quality care as new funding opportunities emerge."
Focus on quality, collaboration, equity and growing what works:
"Oakland has tremendous potential to and must become a student-outcomes oriented center for excellence, equity and innovation in education. As Mayor, I will be more concerned about whether a school or program is high quality and accessible to our highest need children, than about who governs it or manages it -- school district or public charter school, city or school district early childhood program, nonprofit organization or government agency. My focus will be on quality and collaboration, growing what works and equity across our schools."
Within her first 100 days of office:
"I will appoint a cabinet-level leader ... who will publish an annual work plan for 1) coordinating the work of city agencies to implement my education priorities, and 2) partnering with other agencies ... to support students and public schools."
In October, Schaaf was one of the six leading mayoral candidates who attended the GO forum on education issues in the 2014 election. Candidates answered questions about early childhood education, supporting teachers, Linked Learning, and technology. Click on a topic below for Schaaf's answers. You can watch videos of all of the candidates' answers here.