On March 22, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous landmark ruling in the Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley case raising the standards of progress for students in special education. The Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling that students only need to make minimal progress and found that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) “requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”
February brought significant challenges to the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The sudden, tragic passing of Board of Education trustee Solana Henneberry shocked us all. The AUSD community and community at large mourn her loss. Solana fought a very tough and brave battle with cancer, showing commitment and resilience despite great personal challenge. We will always remember Solana for her service to the children and families of Alameda.
A new radio station — KJTZ FM-LP at 96.1 on your dial — began broadcasting at 7 a.m., Monday, March 6. Managed by Encinal Junior and Senior High School students, the station is part of a new career technical education program in media. Students in the program’s radio broadcast journalism class will broadcast news, interviews, music and Central Avenue traffic reports each weekday morning from 7 to 11 a.m.
The City of Alameda and Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) released statements to ensure its residents and students that they will maintain providing an inclusive, a safe and secure environment after controversial executive order was signed by President Trump.
Superintendent Sean McPhetridge wrote AUSD’s statement.
“I write today to assure you AUSD remains committed to upholding and safeguarding this vision — especially in these charged and uncertain political times,” the statement reads.
Imagine going to the hospital and the medical team only treats you with medications and procedures that you were already aware of. That’s the standard of practice for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). If you have a child with a developmental delay and or a deficit of any kind, the school district is federally obligated to help your child reach what would be considered a typical school experience.
The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is accepting nominations for Teacher of the Year. Alameda residents who would like to name a teacher who goes above and beyond in (and out of) the classroom are encouraged to submit a nomination form for that teacher.
“I wholeheartedly support this annual tradition because it gives families, staff and community members a chance to sing the praises of our many excellent teachers,” said Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. “Every year I can’t wait to learn who has been nominated and what innovative teaching practices they use.”
Construction on a new twostory building at Otis Elementary School began last month. The building is designed to hold six classrooms with three classrooms on each floor.
Architectural design company Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, a Santa Rosa company, developed the blueprint designs for the project. The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education approved the project last September.
The Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) has announced applications are needed for district representatives to the boards of four local charter schools: Academy of Alameda, Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), Nea and Community Learning Centers Schools (the organization that oversees ACLC and Nea).