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GO Announces School Board Endorsements (September 15): GO announces its endorsements in all three Oakland school board races.
GO Endorses Measure N (September 11): Measure N: Oakland College and Career Readiness for All would bring needed resources to make proven programs available to all Oakland high school students.
Overview of GO's Elections Work
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 policies on teaching and school management.
- Oversees a $600 million annual budget ($2.4 billion in a four-year term).
- Determines how much money flows to schools.
- Votes on school closures.
- Approves or denies charter public schools.
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 endorses School Board candidates, having first endorsed candidates in the November 2012 elections. The endorsement process entails gathering comprehensive feedback from community members and thoroughly reviewing the qualifications and positions of each candidate. In 2014, GO hosted forums where candidates fielded questions from community members, and surveyed candidates on their platforms and experience. We also survey our members on their views of candidates. The process identifies the strongest candidates for our schools and builds a more informed, connected network in our community (click here to learn more about the endorsement process
Once GO has endorsed candidates, we mobilizes hundreds of volunteers to campaign on behalf of endorsed candidates through our sponsored political action committee. These activities include calling voters, walking neighborhoods to talk to voters, and mailings.
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 are up for election, along with the corresponding city council seats, the Mayor, the Alameda County Superintendent of Instruction and the State Superintendent.
GO is 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.
School Board Candidate Pages
GO has endorsed four candidates for School Board in 2014. We seek volunteers to support their campaigns in Districts 2, 4 & 6. Volunteers call voters during the week and knock on doors to talk to voters in person on weekends. Visit our candidate pages to learn more about these leaders.
Ways to get involved now:
- Donate to our elections effort to help provide the resources we need to support elections work. Your contribution supports hundreds of volunteers working to elect great leaders to the school board.
- Sign up to volunteer for the election effort, joining hundreds of amazing local volunteers. Click here to view photos on Facebook of our election volunteers - it's a great way to meet great people.
- To stay informed on school board actions, sign up for our School Board Watch Newsletter through our affiliate GO Leadership Center.
- Confirm what school board district you reside in. School Board elections this year are in Districts 2, 4, & 6. School Board districts follow the boundaries of City Council districts, which recently changed somewhat. To locate your city council district, click here.
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.
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?"