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The Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested a suspect who allegedly wrote graffiti on a bathroom wall at Alameda High School (AHS) threatening violence against Muslim students. 

The suspect was arrested at 8:34 a.m. on Friday, March 16, the same day the graffiti was first discovered, according to APD reports. Description of the suspect was withheld. The suspect was charged with a hate crime.

 

Students representing Alameda High School, Encinal Junior-Senior High School, Alameda Science and Technology Institute, Alameda Community Learning Center, Nea Community Learning Center, and Island High School have formed a coalition called Alameda Students for Gun Violence Prevention in response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

 

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education meeting last Tuesday addressed AUSD’s budget as compared to other districts in Alameda County. This discussion included the impact that low salaries have on Alameda’s public schools and the possibility of layoffs. The district has launched a community conversation about its budget priorities. Talking points include small class sizes, special programs and rising pension and special education costs. The district is planning to hold community meetings to review budget realities. 

 

Alameda resident Rasheed Shabazz has launched an effort to rename a local elementary school after his research revealed that school’s namesake held racist attitudes towards Africans and Asians.

Henry Huntly Haight served as the first California governor elected after the Civil War. In his inaugural speech on Dec. 5, 1867, Gov. Haight denounced post-Civil War Reconstruction policy as discrimination against whites. He declared “Negroes” and “Asiatic races” “inferior.” He also voiced his opposition to non-white voting rights, as well as immigration from Asia. 

 

School and police officials released a joint statement addressing a suspicious incident that occurred at Lincoln Middle School (LMS) Friday, Nov. 10, assuring families that the school is safe.

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), Alameda Police Department (APD) and LMS officials described the disurbance that took place Friday afternoon and what actions were taken to resolve the issue.  

District assures it allows free speech

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) recently reassured parents that the district has not placed a ban on student protected free speech.

AUSD released a statement responding to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) inquiry expressing concerns that the district might be preventing students at Maya Lin Elementary School from wearing T-shirts or holding signs and stickers with the phrase “Black Lives Matter” on them. 

 

Summer is here and Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) will be hosting free meals for those under 18 years of age Monday through Friday all summer long. Free breakfasts will be served at four locations: Alameda High School and Ruby Bridges Elementary through July 14 from 8 to 9 a.m., Alameda Point Collaborative through Aug. 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. and at Alameda Boys & Girls Club through Aug. 11 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. 

 

I write this as I grieve for my dear friend who passed this weekend. We were neighbors, raised kids together and are forever connected. Following both of our names will always be “Breast Cancer Warrior.” My journey started back in 2007, I was raising four kids, while serving as PTA Council President. When I was diagnosed, I was overseeing all the PTAs in Alameda as a volunteer.

 

Without question, our school district has faced some significant challenges in the 2016-17 school year, including the tragic passing of Board of Education Member Solana Henneberry, a lawsuit filed against Measure B and the recent recommendation we, as staff, had to make to the Board of Education to relocate students and staff from Lum Elementary School due to recent discoveries of seismic hazards and safety concerns at that school site. 

 

As the school year draws to a close, it’s time to look back at the way Alameda students shined. 

Two Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) high schools received medals in the recently releases  US News & World Report annual “Best High Schools” report. Alameda High School, ranked #618 in the country and #109 in the state, won a Silver Award. Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), an Early College High School where students take college classes instead of AP classes, won a Bronze Award. 

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