January 17, 2016, Oakland, California – Tonight twenty people passionate about improving equity and excellence for all students participated in a convening of the Oakland Public Schools Equity Pledge Committee. The meeting began with students Morris and Hanif sharing their experiences of the public school system in Oakland. The group then reviewed a draft written pledge and provided feedback and suggestions for improvement. The Equity Pledge Committee will reconvene March 21.

Upcoming Meetings of the Equity Pledge Committee:

  • Tuesday March 21 5:30-7:30 pm at To Be Announced
  • Tuesday April 18 5:30-7:30 pm at To Be Announced
  • Tuesday May 16 5:30-7:30 pm at To Be Announced


The Oakland Public Schools Equity Pledge is a city-wide partnership in Oakland, California, to create a public education system that works in the best interests of all students and their families, by disrupting inequity and creating excellence in our schools.

75% of Oakland public school students attend schools run by the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), and 25% attend public charter schools authorized by OUSD or the Alameda County Board of Education. We are united by our drive to collaborate across schools to adhere to the highest standards of equity, accountability, and excellence, and we welcome more voices to this work.

We believe that all public schools should:

  • Be accessible, serving students of all backgrounds and needs
  • Be held accountable for high standards of performance
  • Have equitable access to resources that are intended to be used for public education
  • Improve their practices and share their knowledge with other public schools
  • Govern transparently with public oversight
  • Collaborate in service of the greater public good

We are excited to have people participating in this work from many different organizations:

  • Alameda County Office of Education
  • Amethod Public Schools
  • Aspire Public Schools
  • Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network
  • California Charter Schools Association
  • Castlemont Community Transformation Schools
  • City of Oakland, Office of the Mayor
  • Community School for Creative Education
  • East Bay Innovation Academy
  • EdTec
  • Educate78
  • Education for Change Public Schools
  • GO Public Schools
  • KIPP Bay Area Schools
  • Leadership Public Schools
  • Lighthouse Community Charter School
  • Met West / Thrival Academies
  • NAACP Oakland
  • New Leaders
  • Oakland Community Organizations
  • Oakland Families for Quality Schools
  • Oakland Military Institute
  • Oakland School for the Arts
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Public Counsel
  • Rogers Family Foundation
  • Roses In Concrete Community School
  • Schoolzilla
  • Seneca Family of Agencies
  • Teach for America
  • Unity Schools
  • Urban Montessori Charter School
  • Urban Strategies Council

This list continues to evolve as more organizations join this effort. Participation does not require nor imply support for all the views of all the other participating organizations. Endorsement of a future written pledge will require the approval of the respective organizations.