James has continued to push conversations in service of students, continually keeping his eye toward the big picture and quality education for all Oakland students. And alongside those conversations, James is thoughtful and deliberate in his decisions.
Four years later, I more than trust Mr. Harris. I love what he has done for our students and families. I feel connected to James because he shows up every time for our children.
Exciting things are happening in Oakland’s public schools. Graduation rates are at some of their highest levels in years, due in large part to the success of some of our most traditionally underserved groups, like English Language Learners, students with disabilities, and foster youth.
James is an East Oakland native, and he understands the experiences and needs of our students, and has made it his priority to improve the schools in East Oakland. James is a former teacher and a father of two, who uses those perspectives on the issues facing our school system.