GO Public Schools is committed to helping ensure that Oaklanders are "education voters" and that our city schools are lead by leaders who put children and families first. On November 4th, 2014, three Oakland school board
seats will be up for election, along with the corresponding city council seats, the Mayor, and the State Superintendent of Instruction. These provide great opportunities for voters to elect officials who are aligned with the needs of Oakland students and who are willing to make tough decisions on behalf of our kids.
The November 2012 elections were a huge victory for our school district. School board members make crucial decisions for our city - hiring the Superintendent, budgetary changes, and policies from graduation requirements to school autonomy over curriculum and schedule. After a thorough review of all
candidates in Districts 3 (West Oakland, Downtown, Adams Point), District 5 (Fruitvale to Glenview) and District 7 (East Oakland), GO endorsed Jumoke Hinton-Hodge in District 3, Rosie Torres in District 5 and James Harris in District 7.
During the lead-up to the election, GO Public Schools recruited and supported nearly 300 volunteers to knock on more than 11,500 doors and make more than 64,000 calls. Additionally, over 300 individuals donated financially to the election effort. These elections were democracy in action.
The change in composition in the school board has lead to significant positive changes in the last year. This is critical as 2013-14 is a year of opportunity, with new funding for schools, a new superintendent to be selected, transition to the common core standards and assessments, and more. Sign up for our School Board Watch Newsletter through our affiliate GO Leadership Center to stay up to date on school board actions.
In November 2014, it will take all of us
working together to elect positive new candidates for Oakland school board leadership. GO is getting ready, and here are two ways we need your help today:
- Donate $25 or more to provide the resources we need to support elections.
- Take the Community Survey on the Next Oakland Superintendent of Schools to make your voice heard and demonstrate the power of our network.
- See our Action Page for more opportunities to get involved.