We deeply believe this effort will only be successful if it is guided by the views and needs of the Oakland community. That is why we worked closely with Oakland Unified School District and other community partners to bring together more than 200 parents, teachers and school leaders, in 12 public forums, at locations all over the city. These forums – which are still ongoing – were widely publicized, open to all and attended by both supporters and skeptics of the initiative to improve public school enrollment. We also helped OUSD promote a public survey
they created to get even more input, in which 77% of 450 respondents from across the city shared their belief that the way Oakland does public school enrollment should be updated or replaced.