Over 250 powerful parents, students, community members, and school board members came together to hear from District 5 school board candidates at the 2023 FIA Candidate Forum on September 28, 2023. It was the largest parent and youth-led candidate forum in Oakland with over 20 district and charter schools gathering at Lazear Charter Academy in the heart of the Fruitvale. Oakland parents and students grabbed the mic and asked the candidates the tough questions about their views and vision for Oakland public schools. Our collective power was on display and it was beautiful to witness. Check out this Oaklandside article that covers the forum.
Now it’s time to harness our momentum and make sure people are informed and ready to cast their vote. Ballots start arriving in mailboxes next week and need to be postmarked by November 7. What did you hear at the forum that is important to share? Who can you forward this email to, who can you speak with?
Our vote is our voice and by reaching out personally to voters we know, we can make a big difference in this year’s special school board election.