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Oakland Unified School DistrictCandidate for School Director, Trustee Area 5

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Mike Hutchinson

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • The school board is mismanaging OUSD.  If elected I will stop the current plans to close public schools and sell OUSD property.  I will also launch a full audit of OUSD.
  •  I will work to create an authentic community engagement process where the community is treated as partners and decision makers.  
  • Oakland needs to re-envision public education.  If elected I will begin to pilot Sustainable Community Schools to build quality public schools in every neighborhood.



I am proud to say that I was born, raised, and educated in Oakland.  I attended Crocker Highlands, McChesney Jr. High, Oakland High, and graduated from Skyline, before going on to UC Berkeley.  My mother was a teacher in Oakland and an active OEA member for 40 years.  My father was an instructor at Laney College for over twenty years.  Even my brother was a teacher in Oakland before leaving teaching to become a lawyer.  I spent over 20 years working and volunteering in Oakland’s schools and with our youth.  I have been engaged with OUSD and the school board since I was an OUSD student.  In 2011-12 my engagement increased when the two schools that I had worked at since 2001 Maxwell Park and Santa Fe were part of the five schools threatened with closure. I became very involved in the fight to stop the school closures.  Since 2012 I’ve worked to save and improve public education in Oakland.  I’ve actively attended nearly every school board meeting, testified at the Department of Education in Washington D.C. about the damage caused by school closures and charter schools in Oakland, co -founded OPEN and became a founding member of the Journey for Justice National Alliance, and ran for school board in 2012 and 2016. 


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— October 17, 2020 Journey for Justice Alliance

testimony on the harm caused by school closures and charter schools in Oakland

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