Measure N, also known as the Oakland College and Career Readiness for All Act, appeared on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Oakland. The Measure was placed on the ballot by the OUSD Board of Education. Measure N was approved by 2/3 of the voters, and the District will now collect a parcel tax of $120 on each individual parcel within the District's boundaries, with the funds used for the following purposes 1:
- To increase support for students in college preparatory courses in every high school to ensure students are qualified for admission to the University of California and other 4-year university systems, and are prepared to succeed in college;
- To provide work-based learning in every high school, including career exploration, career technical education courses, job shadowing, internships and job certifications;
- To reduce the drop-out rate by providing counseling, tutoring, mentoring and other intensive support services to students in danger of not graduating high school;
- To provide programs to students transitioning from 8th to 9th grade to prepare them to succeed in high school, and to students transitioning from 12th grade to college to prepare them for admission to and success in college.
The Measure also calls for the creation of a College & Career Readiness Commission to help guide the allocation of the funds generated by the parcel tax, and to review annual audits of the funds. Every dollar generated by Measure N would be spent on Oakland schools and students. By mandate it cannot be taken by Sacramento. Exemptions from the tax are available for parcels owned and occupied by seniors and low income residents. There does not (yet) seem to be an organized campaign against the measure.
National Women's Political Caucus (source)
Links and References:
- Full text of Measure N (and related materials) on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website