Our Story

Before GO Public Schools became a three-region organization across the Bay and Valley, we started as an organic movement of Oakland community members who came together to address pressing concerns about our schools.

During the 2008-­09 school year, a group of Oakland families and educators came together to advocate around 1) criteria for school consolidations and 2) plans to pass nearly 100 percent of a $17 million mid­year budget cut on to school sites. After winning support from the school board on both issues, leaders decided to launch GO Oakland, a community network focused on ensuring students were kept at the center of decisions made by elected and education leaders.

The ‘how’ of achieving these wins is arguably as important as the changes themselves. By grounding our change model in community leadership and striving toward systems change, our campaigns lead to other positive benefits beyond achieving policy wins. We believe, and have seen, that building a base of grassroots leadership matters for many reasons: the solutions are stronger, more likely to be implemented, and more likely to be sustainable; and they set the stage for ongoing impact, strengthening the foundation for future campaigns.

For GO, it’s about more than just seeing annual changes and multi-year campaigns. It’s about developing leaders who will continue to lead and win campaigns with and independent of GO for years to come.

GO Milestones

2018

Choosing Our Future passes

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2017

Choosing Our Future passes

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2016

GO leads on Measure G1;
GO West Contra Costa is born;
Kids Can launches

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2014

GO leads on Measure N

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2013

Oakland Achieves report launched

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2012

GO leads on Measure J

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2009-11

GO Public Schools
Leadership Center is officially
established as a 501c3

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2008

A group of Oaklanders propose

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