Spencer Should Stay in AUSD

The Alameda Education Association (AEA) reiterates its support for the reelection of Mayor Marie Gilmore. She has been a strong advocate for public education and teachers in Alameda.

The association, which represents 540 teachers, counselors and nurses in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), is extremely disappointed by the decision of school board trustee Trish Herrera Spencer to campaign for mayor instead of focusing on the responsibilities of her current elected position.

Alameda educators expect Spencer to fulfill her obligation to Alameda students and community and serve the remainder of her term on the school board. Our members invested heavily in Spencer 2012, and worked tirelessly on her campaign for reelection to the school board.

Spencer’s commitment is needed during this pivotal time while AUSD searches for a new superintendent, plans for implementing a possible school facilities bond and prepares for labor negotiations with its teachers and staff.

We believe that at this critical time Trustee Spencer’s focus should be on improving Alameda’s public education opportunities rather than seeking higher office.

Audrey Hyman serves as the president of AEA.