Earlier this week, GO endorsed Dr. Renato Almanzor for the District 6 School Board race. Renato was the overwhelming choice of the GO member network of over 500 active educators, parents, and community leaders.
Renato exemplifies qualities we need on our School Board. He puts students first, fights for equity, believes in community and shared decision-making, and holds high expectations for everyone in the system.
Two years ago, our network came together to help elect three great School Board leaders. To elect more great leaders like Renato, we need your support and participation. Come to the Garden Party to learn more and meet others who are committed to supporting great leaders for our schools.
Families and Educators for Public Education, sponsored by Great Oakland Public Schools, a nonprofit community organization network of educators, families and community leaders, has endorsed Dr. Renato Almanzor for the District 6 school board seat for the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education in the November 4, 2014 general election.
After a thorough review of each of the candidates that included a comprehensive community endorsement process, the GO Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse Dr. Almanzor, a parent, longtime educator, community leader and social justice advocate who has a proven track record of working to improve Oakland public schools.
"I am proud to endorse Renato Almanzor," said Mary Prime-Lawrence, an Oakland public school teacher, parent and GO Board member. "Renato has dedicated his life to education and will bring a fresh perspective to the Oakland school board. As we work to move our schools forward, we need someone committed to fighting for the future of our schools - not the battles of the past."
Dr. Almanzor's work and commitment to Oakland students has allowed him to view the Oakland educational landscape from a number of perspectives, which makes him uniquely qualified to serve on the Board:
Parent: Renato's son attended Oakland public schools through high school graduation. He served on school-site councils at each school his son attended.
Community Leader: Renato trains nonprofit leaders throughout the Bay Area and coached teachers, students, principals, and administrators in Oakland Schools.
Educator: As a professor, Dr. Almanzor taught courses in an educational leadership doctoral program at CSU East Bay.
Parents and educators on the GO Board of Directors applauded the decision to endorse Almanzor.
"As an Oakland principal, I know first hand both the potential and challenges involved in building strong schools," said Carmelita Reyes, principal of Oakland International High and a GO Board member. "I am confident that Renato has the drive, leadership, and skills to effectively serve our students."
Sheilagh Polk, a parent and GO Board member echoed Reyes' sentiments, and said she thought Almanzor brings the energy, passion, and new type of leadership our City and schools need right now.
"I need to know that my kids are getting a quality education," Polk said. "Leadership for our schools starts on the school board and I am confident that Renato brings the dedication, temperament, and skills to advocate effectively for our children. We need him on our school board."
For more information, please contact GO Communications Director Chris Perrius by calling 510.868.8800 or e-mail at email@example.com. To learn more about Renato Almanzor, please visit his website.