Cherisse Gash was raised in Oakland and has been an OUSD student and parent. She believes in the importance of community-centered schools that serve the needs of all children.
As a school board member, she will actively work to ensure that:
- The district is financially responsible and transparent.
- Our school sites have equitable safety standards
- All public school closures are stopped.
- A moratorium is placed on charter schools- 45 is too many!
- Student graduation rates increase and so do pathways to opportunities beyond high school.
- Students have an active voice in the policies that affect them.
- Schools have active and functional libraries.
Ensure the district is financially responsible and transparent.
Financial responsibility and transparency within the district is necessary to maximize and allocate every dollar for the educational and safety needs of students. This means involving residents of District 3 in reforming and making decisions about how OUSD dollars are spent.
Ensure that all school sites have equitable safety standards.
In order to ensure the safety of all students, we must dismantle the school to prison pipeline. Resources spent on youth detention and incarceration should be redirected toward investment in students. Eliminating the OUSD police would allow millions to be redirected toward restorative practices and to enhance educational opportunities for all students, especially those most harmed by the school to prison pipeline.
Ensure that all public school closures are stopped.
Scrap the Blueprint for “Quality Schools” and declare a moratorium on school closures and consolidations until the summer of 2022, giving time for us to assess the impact of the Schools and Communities First Act, if it passes in November of 2020
Ensure that we place a moratorium on charter schools—45 is too many!
The district should create a moratorium on new charter schools in Oakland and otherwise move forward actions to actively decrease the number of charters in OUSD. Oakland has the highest rate of charter schools in the state which has undermined the quality of education for black and brown students and worsened the pushout of Black students from the district.
Ensure that student graduation rates increase and so do pathways to opportunities beyond high school.
The district must work to improve student graduation rates to ensure that students have viable pathways to further education via trade schools, colleges, and universities. Student curriculum must be aligned to support students in accessing post-secondary education.
Ensure students have an active voice in the policies that affect them.
Students should have an active involvement in how district resources are being spent. Students should be surveyed on the quality of their education and engaged as active participants in designing the district budget and policies.
Ensure schools have active and functional libraries
Every school site deserves to have an active and functional library for its students. A library volunteer, since she was 4 years old, Cherisse understands the critical role libraries play in advancing opportunity for all students. In today’s information age, those students without access to the internet and to information technology will be left behind. This is not acceptable. Libraries are a critical part of the community-centered schools we need.