City of Oakland | Decision makers from across the county visit Oakland to…


Date posted: August 31, 2022 at 7:08 PM
Last update: August 31, 2022 at 7:08 PM

Washington, D.C. (August 28, 2022) – Recognizing the success of college access efforts developed and implemented in Oakland, California – including the $50 million Generation Fund to provide more than 30,000 students and babies from low income from scholarships or college savings accounts by 2035 announcement this month by Vice President Kamala Harris and Mayor Libby Schaaf – the Forum NewDEAL will be convene a delegation of state and local decision makers from across the country on Monday, August 29, with the goal of exporting the city’s progress nationwide.

The delegation of elected officials, who will participate in information and discussion sessions at City Hall followed by a visit to the Oakland High School Future Center, are members of the Forum’s sister organization, the NewDEALwhich supports a burgeoning elite network of state and local leaders at all levels of government.

These leaders are chosen for their forward-thinking approach to governance and their ability to get things done. (Media schedule and list of policy makers attending the event below.) The Forum and NewDEAL have a proven track record in delivering policy solutions on issues such as education, broadband, the future of workand climate change. Education Policy Group Co-Chair, Senator Elena Parent (Atlanta, GA) will attend the meeting.

Date: Monday, August 29 at 11 a.m.

Locations: Town Hall and Oakland High School (See schedule below)

Members of the delegation will meet with leaders of city initiatives that have addressed inequality and expanded opportunity among Oakland students, including:

  • The Oakland Promise, which provides cradle-to-college and career support to ensure that every student receives financial resources, educational programs, mentorship and a supportive community to help them succeed in higher education and career. career of their choice. Vice President Harris, Mayor Schaaf, and Oakland Promise CEO Sandra Ernst announcement earlier this month that in 4 years, each income-eligible Oakland Public School student will receive $1,000/year while continuing their education and each medically-eligible baby will receive $500 in a college savings account until 2035. The Future Center at Oakland High School that the delegation will visit helps students research college and professional education, apply for college and scholarships, and plan for financial aid.
  • #OaklandUndivided
    is a collective impact movement led by the Mayor’s Office in partnership with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), the City of Oakland, Tech Exchange and the Oakland Public Education Fund along with 20 other leadership partners to achieve their goal of bridge the digital divide for good. On May 6, the Mayor and Superintendent announcement
    that for the third year in a row, they will continue to ensure that all 50,000 Oakland public school students have home access to a computer, internet connection and technology support. Additionally, #OaklandUndivied is expanding cradle to career to also provide digital access to preschool and middle school students and announced a bold new goal to connect 90% of the city’s 37,000 unconnected residents within 5 years.

Thanks to these efforts and the distribution of more than 35,000 computers and 15,000 wireless access points and the response to more than 18,000 requests for technical assistance to date, at the end of the 20 -21.98% of students from disadvantaged backgrounds were connected, compared to only 12% at the start of the pandemic. Additionally, since the official launch of Oakland Promise in 2016, more than 1,900 babies and college students have received college savings accounts, 30,000 students have received early college scholarships, public and charter school students from Oakland have increased access to academic and professional centers, and thousands have received targeted scholarships. access to university and support for perseverance in addition to increased scholarship funds. If you want more information, go to and or contact David Silver, [email protected]

With an influx of resources from the federal government to improve educational opportunities and internet access in the wake of the pandemic, state and local authorities have a unique opportunity to implement lessons from Oakland into national policies. and local. In addition to hosting the August 29 meeting, the NewDEAL Forum will publish takeaways from the visit to share with a wider network of policymakers and to support the export of these efforts elsewhere.

About the NewDEAL forum

The NewDEAL Forum is a nonprofit organization that identifies and promotes progressive, innovative, future-oriented, and homegrown-growth policies that can improve the lives of all Americans. By facilitating the identification and dissemination of policy ideas, the NewDEAL Forum seeks to foster economic growth, reduce barriers to opportunity, and promote good governance in communities and states. The Forum advances its mission by seeking, identifying and sharing national and local progressive policy ideas for growth and by bringing together policy experts from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to exchange ideas and discuss the most great challenges of the country.

Schedule – Monday, August 29, 2022

11:00 a.m. Presentations at City Hall

1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612, Mayor’s Conference Room

Enter 14th Street and head to the 3rd Floor

  • Welcome remarks by Mayor Libby Schaaf and Debbie Cox Bultan, CEO of the NewDEAL Forum
  • Presentations by Oakland Promise and #OaklandUndivided leaders, including co-founders OP and #OU Director of Education David Silver, elected leaders, students, educators and community organizations

1:30 p.m. Oakland Promise School Tour

Oakland High School, 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94610

  • Presentation by the CEO of Oakland Promise Sandra Ernst including lecturers from Oakland High
  • Student panel led by Oakland High School seniors and school board principals Natalie Gallegos and Linh Le


Oakland High School, 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94610

  • With visiting policy makers and Oakland Promise leaders

The visit of the delegation of state and local leaders includes:

Alabama: Representative Anthony Daniels – House Minority Leader – Huntsville

Connecticut: Senator Bob Duff – Senate Majority Leader – Norwalk

Georgia: Senator Elena Parent – Senate Democratic Caucus Leader – Atlanta

Maryland: Councilman Hans Riemer – Montgomery County

Missouri: Alderwoman Annie Rice – Saint-Louis

Nevada: Deputy Daniele Monroe-Moreno – Asst. Majority Floor Manager – Las Vegas

Oklahoma: Senator Michael Brooks-Jimenez – Oklahoma City

Oregon: Mayor Lacey Beaty – Beaverton



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