Advocate for Oakland Students

  • The OUSD Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs works with the elected officials who represent Oakland at all levels of government - including the City of Oakland, Alameda County, the California Legislature, and Congress - to boost funding and adopt policies to support student success from the pre-kindergarten classroom to the college campus.


    We will periodically add information about bills and topics of interest for OUSD stakeholders to review. Please refer to the left hand side of this webpage for legislative updates, more information about current topics and bills, and what you can do to voice your opinion. If you agree with the District’s stance on an issue, we encourage you to support the work by taking action. 


    OUSD needs the help of community members like YOU to fight for the best interests of our students! Learn how to contact your representatives HERE.


Advocacy Alerts

  • The California School Board's Association has put together a useful toolkit for reaching out to state and federal officials for the funding our schools desperately need.  


    There are sample letters, email, and social media posts that you can use to make your voice heard!

Legislative Priorities & Updates

  • OUSD Legislative Platform:

    OUSD's Legislative Principles and 2020 State Legislative Priorities (updated February 12, 2020) will serve as a tool for the Board and the District's legislative advocates, staff, and community to promote the District’s interests.


    OUSD's Advocacy:

    • On May 18, OUSD joined with five other California districts to send a letter to Governor Newsom to request more resources and outlined some speciifc proposals for relief.


    • On April 30, the Board of Education sent a letter about the impact of the Covid-19 health on Oakland schools to California Governor Gavin Newsom. It outlines their priorties for the upcoming budget and legislative session. 


    • On April 28, the OUSD joined a letter with 62 other urban school districts, as a part of the Council of Great City Schools, to advocate to for increased support from the federal government.


    Get Involved:

    The California School Board's Association has put together a useful toolkit for reaching out to state and federal officials. It has tools and talking points. There are sample letters, email, and social media posts that you can use to make your voice heard!


Legislative Updates

  • Every month, legislation that affects school districts across the state and nation is passed. This page describes key legislative updates that impact OUSD.


    Legislative Updates Report (4/11/18)



Your Representatives

  • Buffy Wicks


    Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D) representing District 15


    District includes parts of Oakland (Rockridge, Montclair as far south as the intersection of Joaquin Miller & Skyline, Dimond, Oakmore, Shepherd's Canyon, Piedmont Pines).

    Capitol Office:

    State Capitol

    P.O. Box 942849

    Sacramento, CA 94249-0015

    Tel: (916) 319-2015

    Fax: (916) 319-2115

    District Office:

    1515 Clay Street

    Suite 2201

    Oakland, CA 94612

    Tel: (510) 286-1400

    Fax: (510) 286-1406


    Facebook: /AsmBuffyWicks/

    Twitter: @BuffyWicks

    District 18 Assemblymember Rob Bonta


    Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D) representing District 18


    District includes Alameda; much of Oakland (West, Central and East); San Leandro.




    Capitol Office:

    Room 2148

    P.O. Box 942849

    Sacramento, CA 94249-0018

    Tel: (916) 319-2018

    Fax: (916) 319-2118

    District Office:

    1515 Clay Street

    Suite 2204

    Oakland, CA 94612

    Phone: (510) 286-1670

    Fax: (510) 286-1888


    Facebook: /RobBontaCA/

    Twitter: @RobBonta

    District 9 State Senator Nancy Skinner


    State Senator Nancy Skinner (D) representing District 9


    Representing the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, Rodeo, San Leandro and San Pablo

    Capitol Office:

    State Capitol

    Room 2059

    Sacramento,  CA  95814

    Phone:  (916) 651-4009

    Fax:  (916) 327-1997

    District Office

    1515 Clay Street

    Suite 2202

    Oakland, CA 94612

    Phone: (510) 286-1333

    Fax: (510) 286-3885


    Facebook: /StateSenatorNancySkinner/

    Twitter: @NancySkinnerCA


    Congresswoman Barbara Lee


    Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D) 


    Oakland Office:

    1301 Clay Street

    Suite 1000-N

    Oakland, CA 94612

    Tel: (510) 763-0370

    Fax: (510) 763-6538



    Facebook: /RepBarbaraLee/

    Twitter: @RepBarbaraLee


    Senator Kamala Harris


    Senator Kamala Harris (D)


    San Francisco Office:

    333 Bush Street

    Suite 3225

    San Francisco, CA 94104

    Tel: (415) 981 - 9369

    Fax: (202) 224 - 0454


    Facebook: /SenatorKamalaHarris/

    Twitter: @SenKamalaHarris


    Senator Dianne Feinstein


    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D)


    San Francisco Office:

    One Post Street

    Suite 2450

    San Francisco, CA 94104

    Tel: (415) 393-0707

    Fax: (415) 393-0710


    Facebook: /SenatorFeinstein/

    Twitter: @SenFeinstein