For the School Board races, we provided a DUAL endorsement for each district, NOT a ranked endorsement of any candidates. We encourage voters to choose from our endorsed candidates to rank as their #1 and #2, leaving #3 blank as to not give any support to charter-backed school board candidates who want to privatize Oakland’s public education.
Jennifer Brouhard just retired as a social studies teacher after teaching for 27 years in OUSD. Her family is deeply invested in OUSD – her daughter is also a teacher and her granddaughter attends an OUSD school. Brouhard participated in the union bargaining unit to win improved wages for teachers, and also participated in statewide strikes to end school closures and get police out of schools. Her priorities are to:
Max Orozco is a seasoned and passionate parent organizer from our ally organization, Parent Voices Oakland. He’s also a working-class parent of children attending OUSD public schools. Orozco has shown his commitment to his children’s education by taking part in actions to prevent school closures and joining other parents at school meetings to protest and talk to school board directors about the importance of quality education for all. He promises to work with parents, students, and teachers to bring back programs that aid students in succeeding, including: computer, art, and music classes, bilingual programs for all students, and trade programs for high school students. As a parent of OUSD students, he is passionate about restorative justice and finding alternate solutions to violence instead of sending kids down the school-to-prison pipeline.