Here’s another election story for you:
Oakland International High School is one of 15 finalists nationwide competing for money from Microsoft. If you vote for the North Oakland school (early and often), it might win funding for music and technology equipment.
People can vote once per day through Sunday for their five favorites. The school with the most votes wins $100,000. Three others win $50,000 each. Oakland International is the only California school among the 15 finalists.
This sort of popularity contest seems to be everywhere lately. Through mass emails or Facebook posts, people I know are asking their friends and acquaintances to vote for their firms, for their organizations — even for a cute baby picture. Maybe it’s American Idol-inspired. Maybe it’s good publicity for the companies that are sponsoring these contests.
Whatever the reasons behind it, the results of this contest might help equip Oakland International, a school for recent immigrants and refugees, with what the state of California hasn’t.