Charter billionaires buying Oakland School Board

In the Oakland Unified School District, candidates for school board normally spent about 20K to run a competitive race. In contrast, nearly a half million dollars will be spent this year by two independent expenditure committees to help elect three pro-charter school board members to advance the private, for-profit charter school agenda in Alameda County.

According to campaign-finance records, the two committees supporting Harris, Trenado, and Hinton Hodge received almost 90 percent of their funding from a few billionaires, who have played key roles backing the charter-school industry.

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