Mark Hurty has been a student, a parent, and a teacher in Oakland Unified School District. He is running for a seat on the Oakland School Board because he believes that the district is not living up to its obligation to provide every student in the city with the high-quality education they deserve. The lopsided availability of resources in Oakland’s schools is perpetuating and compounding systemic inequity in our city. Like many districts, Oakland struggles to attract and retain the teachers who will provide a quality education for the next generation of students, a problem exacerbated by the district’s imbalanced budget.
Mark will bring his experience as an arts organization founder, as a successful high-tech product manager, and his perspective as a special education teacher to bear on the significant problems faced by the district. OUSD has a history of administrative mismanagement and has consistently struggled to allocate sufficient resources to schools. Mark will work to lead the board to establish policies that modernize and bring discipline to the district’s central administration with the goal of redirecting the districts resources to better serve students. Mark will work to ensure that every student in Oakland has access to a high quality education.