As a Latina and Asian woman and the only former teacher running for this position, Kyra has dedicated her career to Oakland kids: as a classroom teacher at Horace Mann Elementary and as Deputy Director of Education -- working to solve four large problems: early childhood education, college access, the digital divide, and the lack of affordable housing for teachers -- and now as an appointed school board member.
It is a make or break time for Oakland students, families, and educators. Oakland has the opportunity to become the model for how to make decisions well and get through the difficult moment the community is in now. There is an opportunity to refocus time, energy, and resources on students, to get the budget in a long-term stable place, and to rebuild trust that’s been shattered over the years so that Oakland students, families, and educators can thrive. Kyra is an equity-driven problem solver who will get that done. She will fight to make OUSD functional, responsive, and financially stable so all students, families, and educators succeed. East Oakland families deserve transparency and a seat at the table when difficult decisions are made. Oakland students deserve a champion who listens to them, puts their needs first, and finds new solutions.