In 2016, OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson abruptly resigns and the district announces ~$30 million projected deficit for 16-17 school year. More midyear cuts to school site are announced. GO and members of the district attend the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) conference to learn best practices. GO engages WestEd to support the superintendent.
DEVELOP CAMPAIGN BASE AND SOLUTIONS
GO launches the Budgeting for Impact campaign with a second trip to GFOA conference and developed and activated principal leadership for GFOA. With more news of fiscal instability (FCMAT, the Alameda Grand Jury report OUSD’s projections/admissions of mistakes, and more), GO worked with the Board of Education to pass key policies and 7-0 vote to commit to GFOA smarter spending framework.
ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE -- AND WIN
GO presented a Budget road-show with over 300 Oaklanders – explaining root causes of budget cuts and addressing misinformation. All of our advocacy demands for OUSD’s budget cuts decisions are met. GO also supports state-level funding and hosts 3 events to train over 100 people on the need for more finances.
HOLD SYSTEM ACCOUNTABLE
Provide training and build a base of advocates for winning campaigns for more funding for Oakland education. Provide information and perspective on OUSD’s budget decisions with a focus on need for smarter spending.