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LATEST NEWS (updated July 29): GO endorses Renato Almanzor in District 6 School Board race. Read more here. For more information on our endorsement process, click here.
GO Public Schools is committed to helping ensure that Oaklanders are Education Voters and that elected leaders of our city's public schools put children and families first. School Board members have an extraordinary influence on the performance of our schools and the culture of our city.
Our school board, among other duties:
- Hires and oversees the Superintendent.
- Sets instructional and school management policies.
- Votes on school closures.
- Approves or denies charter public schools.
- Oversees a $600 million annual budget ($2.4 billion in a four-year term).
GO Public Schools (a 501(c)(4) nonprofit) carries out voter education activities in school board elections and other elections that have an impact on our schools (mayoral, County Superintendent, etc.). GO also endorses candidates, having first endorsed school board candidates in the November 2012 elections. The endorsement process
generates a great deal of information about candidates and builds a more informed, connected network in our community (click here to learn more about the endorsement process
Once GO has endorsed candidates, its sponsored political action committee, Families and Educators for Public Education, carries out activities to support the specific endorsed candidates. Click here
to view the campaign finance filings of GO's sponsored PAC (name search).
The need for strong leadership remains great.
Oakland public schools have improved substantially over the past decade, but there is still far to go. Every school day, four students drop out of Oakland schools. Reading and math proficiency levels remain low. In a 2014 survey by GO Public Schools Leadership Center
, only 45 percent of respondents felt that Oakland public education was "moving in the right direction."
On November 4, 2014, three Oakland school board
seats will be up for election, along with the corresponding city council seats, the Mayor, the Alameda County Superintendent of Instruction and the State Superintendent.
GO has begun working with a broad and diverse network of families, educators, and others to help elect officials in 2014 who are aligned with our values and are willing to make tough decisions on behalf of our kids. This November it will take all of us working together to elect the strongest possible candidates for Oakland School Board leadership.
GO is conducting field campaigns for School Board elections in the three districts where seats are up for election. GO staff and volunteers have begun initial planning. The following pages provide information about each district's efforts.
In the months leading up to the 2012 elections, we spoke with more than 800 Oaklanders, asking questions like:
- "What makes a good school?"
- "What is the biggest issue facing Oakland today?"
- "What makes an effective school board member?"
Our 2014 Listening Campaign is underway and we will release the results this summer.
These elections were a true picture of democracy in action.
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. More than 300 individuals donated financially to the election effort.
The change in composition in the School Board has led to significant positive changes. We have new policies that drive more resources to schools and create consistent improvement processes for schools and teachers, and we have more commitments to work with community partners.
We are excited to see what 2015 will hold after our community builds up our Oakland School Board leadership even further.