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How will your School Board members change Oakland public schools for the better? To find out, GO sent questionnaires to each School Board candidate. Three of the four candidates responded. Click on the candidates' name to view individual questionnaires or compare answers below.

District 4

BVISNICK_thumb.JPG Benjamin Visnick

GYee_thumb.jpg Gary Yee

District 6

CDobbins_thumb.jpg Christopher Dobbins

School Board Candidate Questionnaire

Click each candidate's name to reveal their responses.

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 college1 and this does not take into account the 28 percent of students who drop out in grades 9-122. 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?

1. The Education Trust West. Oakland Unified School District Education Opportunity Audit Report. 2009

2. California Department of Education Educational Demographics Office. Dropouts by Grade. OAKLAND UNIFIED (0161259) for the Year 2007-08. 2009

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

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?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 3

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

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 4

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

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 5

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

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 6

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?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 7

What other cities would you use as a model of city-schools partnership and why?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 8

Research suggests that much of a child's ability to succeed in school develops in their infant years before they ever enter the classroom. What can you do to support early childhood education and intervention programs in OUSD?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 9

Students with special needs (special education) make up approximately ten percent of the student population in OUSD. How would you make sure these students are well supported by the district and served by high quality teachers and instructional assistants?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 10

What role do parents and caregivers play in the education process? What do you believe are the roles and responsibilities of parents in ensuring their child's school is effective?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 11

How should teachers and principals be evaluated?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 12

What are your ideas to facilitate more constructive dialogue and contract negotiation with bargaining units within OUSD?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 13

School Board agendas are often available to the public less than 24 hours before a meeting (on a Sunday). The content of these agendas can be difficult to access and involve layers of web pages. Reports contain numerous acronyms, which are also used in meetings. What kind of relationship should the board have with its community? With its parents and families? What changes to the School Board's policies and practices would you be willing to propose to make meetings more accessible to the public?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 14

In June the OUSD Board unanimously adopted a new strategic direction, Thriving Students. What are the most important elements of this plan, what obstacles to do you see in implementation of those elements, and how will you overcome them?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

Question 15

The Superintendent and Board have discussed the need to close 20-30 of our schools. How will you approach this work?

Ben Visnick

Gary Yee

Christopher Dobbins

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