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City Council Questionnaire

Will your next Councilmember support Oakland schools? To find out, GO asked each of Oakland's City Council candidates to respond to the following questionnaire to get a greater understanding of where they stand on Oakland's education issues. Eight of the twelve candidates responded. You can view the responses of each responding candidate individually, or compare their answers below.

District 2

JPae_thumb.jpg Jennifer Pae

District 4

JBroadhead_thumb.jpg Jill Broadhurst

JGillen_thumb.jpg Jason Gillen

RKanz_thumb.jpg Ralph Kanz

CKillian_thumb.jpg Clinton Killian

LShaaf_thumb.jpg Libby Schaaf

mshelby_thumb.jpg Melanie Shelby

DSwafford_thumb.jpg Daniel Swafford

District 6

NSideotham_thumb.jpg Nancy Sideotham

City Council Candidate Questionnaire

Click each candidate's name to reveal their response.

Question 1

Oakland Unified School District has been the most improved large, urban school district in California over the last five years yet, continues to fail many of its students. Only 42 percent of high school graduates in OUSD have taken the A-G courses required to apply for a CSU or UC for college and this does not take into account the 28 percent of students who drop out in grades 9-12. We are not producing excellent outcomes for all students. What is your vision for equitable public education in Oakland and what systemic changes will you work toward to achieve that vision?

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

Question 2

OUSD's "Options" program allows families to choose which of Oakland's public schools they would like their children to attend. Students are then assigned to schools based on their preferences and a school's available openings. What reforms, if any, would you propose for OUSD's "Options" program?

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

Question 3

What role should charter public schools play for students and families in Oakland?

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

Question 4

What State-level practices and policies hold back the quality of our public schools and what are your plans to change them?

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

Question 5

Where do you turn for information and ideas about how to improve Oakland public schools?

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

Question 6

What will you do to ensure there is an effective, qualified teacher in every OUSD classroom?

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

Question 7

Do you support the November 2010 Parcel Tax (Measure L - Oakland Student Achievement, Support and Safety Measure) to increase compensation for Oakland's teachers? Please explain.

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

Question 8

President Obama is making the largest single Federal investment in education in history via competitive and formula grants. How will you ensure Oakland students benefit from this funding?

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

Question 9

Are there other cities you would look to as models of city-schools partnership and why?

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

Question 10

OUSD has just released a new strategic framework called "Thriving Students" in which City Government plays a significant role. How will you make the City a partner in the implementation of "Thriving Students"? What role can City agencies play in developing the Promise Neighborhoods envisioned within OUSD's new "Thriving Students" strategic framework?

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

Question 11

How do you plan to support public schools and public school students in your District?

Jennifer Pae

Jill Broadhurst

Jason Gillen

Ralph Kanz

Clinton Killian

Libby Schaaf

Melanie Shelby

Daniel Swafford

Nancy Sideotham

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