GO volunteers are pretty amazing. Every weeknight, our office is filled with the voices of committed educators, parents and community members talking to voters about the need to elect great school board leaders for students. On weekends, we're all out knocking on doors in Oakland neighborhoods. I am inspired.
We're building momentum, and now's the time to join us. Election Day is less than three weeks away. School board members represent specific districts but they make decisions that affect every school in the city. This moment is a rare opportunity to change the future of Oakland.
Measure N, which will bring approximately $1,000 per secondary student to support College & Career Pathways, is endorsed by GO Public Schools, the League of Women Voters, the Democratic Party, and a long list of educators, community organizations and leaders.
What matters most, though, is the impact on Oakland youth.
Here is the perspective of two OUSD Linked Learning program graduates, Hezekiah J. Burton and Davy Lillian Loch.
Hezekiah J. Burton
A graduate of Skyline High's Computer Academy, Hezekiah Burton is currently at UC Berkeley and considering either a pre-med or business track. He said no matter what kind of degree he pursues, he's going to be successful.
"I'm going to use those skills with computers and technology to my advantage. I feel like I'll be able to thrive and feel comfortable in any work environment. I'll be able to perform my tasks and be competitive after I graduate and go on to the job market and land a solid career."
"I highly hope people vote for Measure N. As a product of OUSD in UC Berkeley now, I can say that it works."
Davy Lillian Loch
After graduating from LIFE Academy's Health and Bioscience Academy, Davy Lillian Loch is now a student at Merritt College. While at LIFE, she participated in the medical assisting program. She interned at both Children's Hospital and Highland Hospital, and--as a high school student--witnessed brain surgery, pediatric surgery, and a live birth.
"I'm doing medical assisting now and after that I'll be doing my hours for nursing," she said. "From there you can go anywhere you want to, which is amazing."
"Some students don't have the same opportunities, some can't afford to go to college ... With Measure N, they can have more opportunities to go to whatever college they choose."
Measure N is good for students and good for Oakland. Vote YES on N!
Learn More Check out these videos from the school district about Linked Learning career pathway academies, produced by the Media Enterprise Alliance academy at MetWest High School.
Friends of Public School Libraries and Teaching Books come together to share their leading ideas on how the school library can support personalized learning through strong curation of books and space design to enable choice and deeper engagement in the reading experience.