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.
Pecolia Manigo is a leader in the Reparations for Black Students campaign, which is at the forefront of stopping school closures, getting police out of schools, and reimagining public education for Black students. She began her trajectory as an education justice organizer when she started advocating as a youth well over a decade ago. As someone who has been at the lead of advocating for families, she knows the school district’s history and context, and she has concrete solutions to the issues that plague OUSD. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN), where she uses her expertise on OUSD policy, local and countywide school budgeting, education privatization, parent engagement, and education advocacy. She is a mother of three OUSD students, one of whom graduated and is now in college.
Mike Hutchinson is a huge and unwavering advocate for Oakland schools – he shows up where he’s needed and pushes hard on other school board directors and the administration. Hutchinson currently serves as OUSD School Board Director of District 5, but due to redistricting he now lives in D4 and is running for the D4 seat. He has strongly advocated for ending school closures since his election in 2020. We hope that Hutchinson will continue to build bridges with everyone at the table, and with the more progressive school board of directors that we will hopefully elect this year, to co-conspire for a strong, transparent budget and keeping schools open.