In February, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that a potential ballot measure, the Elimination of Charter Schools Initiative was cleared to collect petition signatures for possible inclusion on the November 2016 ballot. It’s not yet clear if proponents of the measure have the backing or resources to qualify or launch a campaign for passage. But I’m concerned about this trend and want to take this opportunity to clarify what charter schools are — and what they are not — to dispel some common myths.
High school students in Alameda can learn about college, career, summer jobs, and internships from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 18, at the second annual Alameda Unified School District Career Pathways and Youth Job Fair. The fair will be held at the Encinal High School gymnasium, 210 Central Ave.
Alameda Unified School District has announed its Youth Career and Job Fair is slated for 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, March 18, at the Encinal High School gymnasium, 210 Central Ave. The event is free to all public high school students in Alameda.
Students have the opportunity to apply for local summer jobs and paid internships, talk to representatives from local colleges and explore opportunities in vocational education.
Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond in and out of the classroom? Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is now accepting nominations for its Teacher of the Year program. Designed to honor and recognize excellent teachers in AUSD, the Teacher of the Year award has in past years gone to a wide range of teachers. These include:
Applications are now open for the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship. This college scholarship is open to graduating seniors from the city’s public high schools who are also residents of Alameda. Selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership ability and financial need.
John Zugnoni’s letter to the editor (“Allow Oakland Students Here,” June 13) is obviously written from a perspective external to public education in general, and outside of public education in Alameda in particular.
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The deadline to file for an exemption from the Alameda Unified School District’s Measure A parcel tax is next Monday, June 30. Under the terms of the ballot measure, the school district can grant two types of exemptions:
n Senior citizen exemption: The applicant must turn 65 years old on or before June 30, 2015, and own and occupy his/her property as a primary residence.
n Supplemental Security Income (SSI) exemption: The applicant must receive SSI and own and occupy his/her property as a primary residence.
It is unbelievable to me how quickly this year has passed — and what an amazingly full year we have had. Once again, our district, our schools, our teachers and our students have accomplished so much. I am delighted with our district’s very steady progress and our community’s very steadfast support of our schools. Before our summer begins, please take a moment to reflect on all that we, as a unified school district, have achieved at both the district and school-site level.
For 2013-2014, our school sites’ accomplishments include:
On occasion, I hear comments from community members suggesting our school district mismanages its finances. Such comments pain me, because since I arrived in Alameda in 2009, we have worked diligently to tighten up our systems, trim excess funding, and make our financial workings ever more transparent to our public. Indeed, after working in five school districts over 22 years, I can honestly say AUSD is one of the most fiscally responsible — and financially transparent — school districts I have seen.