Your dollars at work!
On November 4th, 2014 Oakland voters passed Measure N for a period of ten (10) years. 90 percent of the funds provided by Measure N goes directly to creating student-centered plans for placing all OUSD students on the path to high-performing career pathways. Measure N is a $120 per-parcel tax on each taxable parcel in the City which provides revenue estimated at $850 per student. Measure N is also completely run by Oakland taxpayers.
Proceeds from Measure N are used to:
- Reduce the drop-out rate
- Provide high school students with real-world work and learning opportunities
- Prepare students for admission to the University of California and other four-year colleges
- Expand mentoring, tutoring, counseling, support services, and transition to job training programs
Under Measure N, 90 percent of the funds (over $12 million a year estimated, or $850 per student) goes directly to school sites on a per-pupil basis. High schools use this money to create customized plans to place all students in high-performing career pathways. An independent commission of qualified experts approves and support these plans and schools are held accountable for success through annual and three-year progress reports. In addition, Measure N is subject to annual independent financial audits.
The low income exemption is available for owner-occupied of single-family residential units if the combined family income (from all sources from January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014) is at or below the income level qualifying as “very low income” for a family of such size under section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act (42 U.S.C.A, 1437 et seq.). The senior citizen exemption is available for single-family residential unit owned and occupied by senior citizens. Eligible senior citizens and low-income owners must apply for the exemptions each year.
Measure N is completely led by Oakland taxpayers!
- Oakland came together to address the educational challenges and experiences of Oakland youth
- Oakland identified Linked Learning as the framework that would transform educational outcomes and experiences
- Students canvased for Measure N
- Oakland believes in the transformational work that can be accomplished through Linked Learning and decided to invest with the establishment of Measure N
- Measure N is aligned to Oakland’s spirit in that we are striving to make changes in students' lives
Measure N Purpose
The Oakland College & Career Readiness For All Fund was established to pay for the implementation of a comprehensive approach to high school education in Oakland. This approach integrates challenging academics with career-based learning and real-world work experiences. It also creates small learning communities of career-oriented pathways, and offers intensive, individualized support to create the conditions for all students to succeed after graduation.
Measure N Goals
- Decrease the high school drop-out rate
- Increase the high school graduation rate
- Increase high school students' readiness to succeed in college and career
- Increase middle school students' successful transition to high school
- Reduce disparities in student achievement and student access to career pathways based on race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, English Learner-status, special needs-status, and residency status
Measure N Finances
- Over $33 million received since 2015-16
- 17 OUSD District high schools receiving Measure N funds, 9 Charter schools receiving Measure N funds
Measure N Implementation and Goals Progress to Date
- Measure N Goal 1: Decrease the high school drop-out rate.
- 2014-15 (before Measure N): 23.9%
- 2015-16: 20%
- 2016-17: 15%
- Current Status: Drop out rate has decreased
- Measure N Goal 2: Increase the high school graduation rate
- 2014-15 (before Measure N); 64.2%
- 2015-16: 65.7%
- 2016-17: 70.7%
- Current Status: Graduation rates have increased
- Measure N Goal 3: Increase high school students' readiness to succeed in college and career
- Increase in percentage of high school students in Linked Learning pathways since inception of Measure N
- 2014-15 (before Measure N): 48.7% of all high school students in Linked Learning pathways
- 2015-16: 53.4% of all high school students in Linked Learning pathways
- 2016-17: 68.7% of all high school students in Linked Learning pathways
- 2017-18: 78.1% of all high school students in Linked Learning pathways
- Increase in 10th Graders in Linked Learning pathways since the inception of Measure N:
- 2014-15 (before Measure N): 52.7% of 10th Graders are in Linked Learning Pathways
- 2015-16: 57% of 10th Graders are in Linked Learning Pathways
- 2016-17: 78.6% of 10th Graders are in Linked Learning Pathways
- 2017-18: 85.2% of 10th Graders are in Linked Learning Pathways
- Aligned to OUSD Goal: “By 2020, the percentage of high school students in Linked Learning Pathways will increase to 80 percent, 100 percent for rising sophomores.”
- Current status:
- Measure N Goal 4: Increase middle school students' successful transition to high school.
- Current Status:
- Measure N Goal 5: Reduce disparities in student achievement and student access to career pathways based on race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, English Learner-status, special needs-status, and residency.
- Current Status:
Measure N Oversight
The Board of Education shall establish a College & Career Readiness Commission comprised of five (5) persons who demonstrate extensive knowledge and expertise in high school and postsecondary curriculum, instruction, and leadership; education research, evaluation, and analytics; and financial management and audits. The College & Career Readiness Commission shall advise and report to the Board of Education and shall be responsible for (1) Planning, which includes (a) reviewing each high school's School Quality Review findings, Balanced Scorecard results, and education improvement plans, and (b) submitting school funding recommendations to the Board of Education for action; and (2) Oversight, which includes (a) oversight of proper allocation and use of all parcel tax monies, (b) reviewing annual independent audit reports, and (c) submitting recommendations to the Board of Education for any new or modified policies and administrative regulations to ensure the Oakland Unified School District's compliance with the requirements and intent of this Measure. The Board of Education shall provide by resolution for the composition, funding, staffing, and other necessary information regarding the Commission's formation and operation.
For more information on Measure N, please contact Measure N Program Manager, Nancy Gomez at email@example.com.