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School Director, Trustee Area 7 — Oakland Unified School District

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About this office

Members establish educational goals and standards, approve curricula and the district’s budget, approve various purchases and renovations, and appoint the superintendent of schools.
This office uses ranked-choice voting, or “instant run-off voting.” When marking your ballot, instead of voting for just one candidate, rank up to three candidates in order of your preference.See the Voting info section for more.
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Candidates

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James Harris

School Board President and Business...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. School Safety: Our students need safe, secure campuses...
  2. Student Achievement: Our schools must prepare students...
  3. Building and Mainting Quality Schools in East Oakland:...
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Chris Jackson

Social Worker
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  1. Free, universal preschool for all families, which...
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  3. A transparent and inclusive approach to the decision-making...
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District 7 Oakland Unified School District Director
9,965 votes (66.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • School Safety: Our students need safe, secure campuses free from vandalism, intruders and crime. I’ll continue supporting after-school and enrichment activities that reduce bullying and give kids a well-rounded education.
  • Student Achievement: Our schools must prepare students for success, whether it is university admission or being qualified to get a well-paying job. We must continue reducing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates and test scores.
  • Building and Mainting Quality Schools in East Oakland: Our East Oakland schools must be able to recruit highly qualified teachers and receive our fair share of funding and other resources—I’ll continue to fight for you.

Experience

Experience

Profession:School Board President and Business Owner

Biography

Board of Education President James Harris is a parent, former teacher, and East Oakland native. His passion for education began at 16 as a teaching assistant at the Aim High Summer Program, which prepares children from low-income communities for success in high school and life.  James continues to serve on the Aim High East Bay Leadership Council. He is also a board member at Youth Uprising, a ground-breaking community organization dedicated to developing the leadershipp of youth and young adults and improving the systems that impact them.

As Board President, James has led efforts to keep our students and schools on the right track. Graduation rates and student test scores are up, and dropout rates are down. And more Oakland students are enrolled in the computer science and job training programs that prepare them for good jobs than ever before.

Growing up in East Oakland I had lots of opportunities to go down the wrong path. I consider myself fortunate, but a story like mine should be the rule and not the exception. I love Oakland, and I'm proud to serve East Oakland’s students, families and community.

James owns and operates a successful San Francisco media company. He and his wife are the proud parents of Morgan and Savannah.

Candidate Contact Info

Email james@mmgsf.com
Social Worker
4,965 votes (33.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Free, universal preschool for all families, which will increase student preparedness by more than 45%.
  • Better choices for our students after graduation in college, vocational training, and real workforce pathways.
  • A transparent and inclusive approach to the decision-making process regarding Oakland schools and our the future of our students.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Social Worker
Board Trustee, San Francisco City College Board — Elected position (2008–2013)

Biography

Chris Jackson was born in Oakland and went to Oakland schools. His mom, coming from Pine Buff Arkansas at the age of 17, gave 32 years of service to the phone company in downtown Oakland. As a kid, Chris spent his after schools and summers at Mosswood Park through Oakland's Park and Recreation department. At Mosswood Park Chris was given the opportunity to take woodshop classes, art, music and crafts, theater and creative writing classes. The experience at Mosswood Park helps shape his ideas supporting creative arts to encourage the artist spirit our kids. This also helped Chris learn the importance of vocational classes to ensure our students can secure living wage employment and to prevent the further gentrification of our community.

Chris knows that we need free, universal preschool, a key factor that helps prevent gaps in learning in kids from underserved communities.

As a member of the Community College Board, Chris Jackson served as Vice President and chair the Budget Committee. As the budget committee chair, Chris Jackson ensured that in the face of historic budget cuts, our resources remained in our classrooms and supporting our students by investing in career and technical education, GED programs and student support services such as EOPS.

Chris lives in the Toler Heights neighborhood of District 7 with his wife and their two children. Their oldest child just started kindergarten in Oakland public schools. 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Oakland Education Association

Individuals (3)

  • Allene Warren, Block by Block Organizing Network District 7
  • Gladdas Green, District 7 Leader and Chair, Community Action Partnership (2015 Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame induc
  • “Coach” Ben Tappscott, District 7 Leader McClymonds Alumni Association

Candidate Contact Info

Email info@chrisjacksonforoakland.org

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