Oakland families, educators and residents have called me to service again as the District Four School Board District on the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education, and I am honored to have been elected to that office in the November 2018 election, with about 60% of the votes. I am grateful to my family and my supporters who worked hard to help me craft a clear platform, raise a budget to get that message out in a variety of ways, and stood there with me while we watched the election results.
I am particularly appreciative of my partner Louise Waters for serving as campaign manager; of outgoing Director Nina Senn who worked hard to be sure that residents knew she supported me; of Go Public Schools and members of the Building Trades Council, who endorsed me early, and of the Oakland educators (teachers, classified, and administrators) who serve Oakland families every day and urged me to consider serving in this way once again.
As a former OUSD parent, classroom teacher, and principal – and your past School Board Director and OUSD Superintendent—my experience and proven leadership will help stabilize OUSD’s fiscal crisis. As OUSD Superintendent in 2013, I built financial reserves higher than state requirements, leaving a $2,000,000 surplus. I have raised millions for OUSD--most recently expand College & Career Readiness programs in Oakland high schools in fields like technology, business, healthcare, law, engineering, and arts - and high school graduation rates have climbed. Join me in the fight to:
Re-establish Fiscal Stability & Accountability
Retain Local Control (NO Sacramento Takeover!)
Recruit and Retain Teachers
Ensure Excellent Schools in Every Neighborhood
“As a former teacher, principal, Oakland Superintendent and Board Member Dr. Gary Yee has the experience necessary to adopt a balanced budget and retain local control of our District. Join me in electing Gary Yee to the Board of Education.” --Mayor Libby Schaaf
“Oakland students and schools face critical challenges—I can think of no one better to represent our students, teachers and families for the next four years than Gary Yee.” -- District 4 Council Member and parent Annie Campbell Washington
"Gary will continue the important work of preparing every child in every school in Oakland for college, career and meaningful community success!" Outgoing District 4 Board of Education Director and parent Nina Senn
"Your heart is for what's best for Oakland students. We need an educator on the Board. You've got my support."-- Richard Thompson, Teacher
"Gary is the right person at the right time. He is a proven leader and a long time educator. He was one of the reasons I came to OUSD to work as a principal!" Dante Ruiz, Princpal