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Public Core is an organization of West Contra Costa County parents, teachers, community members, and school staff who fight for public control and accountability in our schools. We believe that public schools, open to all, are essential to the health of a democratic society. Our goal is high quality, inclusive public education for all students. We believe that the proliferation of privately-operated schools using public money will increase inequalities in education and in our society. We are dedicated to informing the public about the impact of publicly-funded, privately operated schools on our community.

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PublicCore.net - Working to maintain public control and accountability for public schools in WCCUSD since 2014. Not affiliated with the deceptive PublicCore.org website started in 2016 to confuse and distract.

Go West Contra Costa (Go Public Schools)


This organization was founded in Oakland during the beginning of the charter takeover of OUSD. Some of the work they have done in Oakland has been useful in providing interpretation and coverage of school board decisions. But as they grew, they began more and more to see things the same way the privatizers see them. And that’s when they decided to expand to WCCUSD. Now their decisions and policy are reliably pro-charter, though they claim they are there to advocate for all students

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When they started in Oakland, there were two sides of the organization: a 501(c)(3) for some activities and a 501(c)(4) for when they wanted to support/oppose/endorse candidates and issues. Now their tax status appears to be in flux. As they are growing, the emerging statewide Go Leadership Center looks like it may be taking the helm as the 501(c)(4), though that is not clear. The two ‘field offices’ of Oakland and West Contra Costa identify themselves as 510(c)(3)s

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See GoPS501c4Consulting.pdf to get a sense of the kind of work they do.

In WCCUSD, the director is someone who founded a corporate charter school while posing as the PTA co-president of her neighborhood school, and who still publicly and misleadingly advocates for moving charter students to the front of the line for resources. (See 2:28:09 of the WCCUSD Board meeting, May 25, 2016). The organization regularly appropriates content developed by the California PTA, as if to trade on the name of the 100-year-old truly public and transparent organization. Indeed, we wonder if they are trying to step into the shoes of the PTA, with professional, unelected, unaccountable staff who have “complicated” agendas.

Their major funding is from organizations that have strong ties to corporate privatizers and the original Walton Foundation funders. The Scully Foundation is one of their local major funders, and John Scully, a board member, is not only a founder of another charter school in WCCUSD, but also gave $486,000 in April 2016 to the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure fund to influence the 2016 elections here and across the state. (Scully gave another $350,000 to the CCSA Independent Expenditure Committee in Fall 2016 to influence elections statewide.)

The question is this:  If this group is truly trying to bridge any sort of communication gap between charters and traditional public schools, are they fulfilling the mission of holding "leaders accountable" by including leaders of charter schools who advocate pushing in line before the thousands of deserving kids in public schools? Or does their vision of serving those kids only work if the kids leave public schools for charter schools? One need only to look at their website to get the answer. They do nothing to promote the passage of Measure T in 2016, which is critical funding for the students in traditional public schools. It’s clear they are not that concerned about “all” kids.

Further, if Go WCC (and Go Leadership Center) thinks a traditional school board merits a "watch" list, shouldn't all boards that serve students merit the same? Why not publish charter board agendas? Why not review their work?