A longtime educator, Lerma will join the board at a time when district officials are faced with balancing the budget and stabilizing enrollment.
District 5’s new rep on the school board will provide a pivotal vote on issues like school closures, the budget, and enrollment.
The Oakland Board of Education candidates have raised thousands in the race to represent D5. Contributors include teachers, charter school leaders, current and former school board members, and labor unions.
16 and 17-year-olds still can’t vote, but they posed tough questions to District 5 candidates Jorge Lerma and Sasha Ritzie-Hernandez on Thursday night.
The community organizer is one of two candidates in the Nov. 7 special election for the District 5 seat on the OUSD board.
The former teacher and principal is one of two candidates competing in a special election to fill the vacant OUSD District 5 seat.
Student achievement, family involvement, and charter schools were the big topics at the event, hosted by Families in Action.
Sasha Ritzie-Hernandez and Jorge Lerma were told they didn’t qualify to run for the vacant District 5 seat due to confusion over district boundaries during the signature-gathering process.
The District 5 special election is in disarray after the city gave candidates the wrong district boundaries to collect signatures.
The Oakland school board seat representing Fruitvale has been vacant since March, contributing to political deadlock. The filing deadline for candidates is Aug. 11.