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Alameda School District Planning Millions in Cuts, Even if Measure E Passes

In a press release yesterday, the Alameda Unified School District indicated that they are “preparing to implement millions [of dollars] in cuts, even if Measure E passes.” And although the District has previously claimed that they have already “cut the fat” from their head office, they indicated that they have more to cut and streamline from the District office.

The release, titled “AUSD Takes Another Step to Secure Stable Funding” was intended to announce the District’s joining of a lawsuit that alleges that the State’s current finance system violates the California Constitution. But it also confirms that the District has more fat to trim from the head office, is preparing to implement millions of dollars in cuts even if Measure E passes, and that the District has already increased class sizes; proponents of Measure E say that the ballot measure, which more than double’s residential school parcel taxes, from $309/year to $659/year, until 2018, will eliminate the need to increase class sizes.

Ed Hirshberg, with Committee for Measure E, a political committee working to defeat the parcel tax, told Action Alameda News, “I support the efforts of the school district to equalize distribution of monies to schools on a per student basis, however, I do not support their efforts to exact more money out of the State than it has available for schools. Ultimately, every individual, family, business, and government entity must live within its means, otherwise it invites financial disaster. Nearby school districts know this – they have already been in State receivership. There is usually opportunity for an institution to innovate or adapt so that it can live within its means. This is a time for the District to innovate, and invest in classrooms, not courtrooms. Voters should reject Measure E and the District should adapt to live within the means of the community that funds it.”

Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vital did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Measure E is a special vote-by-mail-only ballot process; voters will not go to the polls, but instead receive their ballots in the mail, and mail them back. Ballots will be mailed to voters beginning next week, Monday, May 24th.

62 comments to Alameda School District Planning Millions in Cuts, Even if Measure E Passes

  • Anonymous

    Smart Voter – I did. It’s in the comment above yours.

  • Yes, and schools in Pleasanton have over 900 students per school – well above what Alameda has. There’s those operational cost savings for you – transferred from facility overhead to teachers.

  • For a teacher paid $57/hour, the equivalent rate for a regular working stiff is $120K/year. It’s plain and simple.

    How many voters/readers get paid $57/hour?

  • Anonymous

    I’m 400 lbs and ran an analysis looking at people in town +/- 5 lbs of 400 lbs and I found I’m very thin. Safe in this knowledge, I’m off to KFC for another Double Down sandwich.

    And, yes, I’m aware of the history of Prop 13. There were problems with public finance in the 1970s. This in no way implies that Prop 13 was a good solution. I’ve quite enough education in economic theory and history, thank you. And your education?

  • If you’re not going to contribute anything helpful….

  • Anonymous

    Your analysis was meaningless. You could always admit an error. Even intelligent people make mistakes.

    I’m trying to keep up with the anti-E arguements. So far, I have:

    The main opponent will sue the district if it passes.
    It’s unfair because it’s unevenly applied owing to the split roll.
    It’s unfair because it’s even applied regardless of the size of the house.
    Teachers are paid more than you are.
    The backers are racist and elitist.
    There are too many administrators per student relative to districts with a similar number of admistrators per student.
    It’s too high and people can’t afford it.
    Small schools are worse for educating children than large ones.

    Did I miss any? There are some fair arguments in there and some total nonsense. I’d suggest that you lack a coherent narrative, though. Good thing this isn’t your real job.

  • And you’re not contributing anything to the dialog… just trying to be a crank. Bye bye.

  • Anonymous

    Just rattling your cage. Sleep well.

  • Takes more than that to rattle…

    Don’t let your dogma keep you up…

  • Well, now we know that “Anonymous” is, in real life, “Fathead.” I knew something was getting in the way.

    He claims that Alameda has “67% minority” students, but we all know a huge number of those students are Asian, and their culture skews performance scores, doesn’t lower it. So we compare to two rural schools with high percentages of the very students doing poorly in Alameda schools, and he doesn’t like it. If anything, they should need more administrators than we have. I suspect Fathead is married to a teacher or one of those excess administrators!

    And ultimately, he has to overlook, (as he does his own feet), the best argument against Measure E, that it preserves the status quo, which needs serious reform opposed by the teachers’ unions. And that it will kill many of the small businesses in Alameda, which help make up our warm, small-town character.

    He apparently buys into the Measure E language, which doesn’t guarantee anything. Duped again! I just hope his kid at Paden didn’t inherit the obesity neurological gene. A debater this guy is not.


  • P.S. My education includes a BA and MA in English Lit from UC Santa Barbara and a Phd in Rhetoric and Logic from UC Berkeley, with a tested I.Q of 168. Bring it on!

  • The problem isn’t lack of minority students in AUSD schools. The problem – the unfairness of it all – is that White and Asian students dominate a handful of schools in the East-end and Bay Farm, including the smallest schools, and those schools deliver the highest test scores. “Everyone else” goes to Washington, Paden, Ruby Bridges and Haight, and those schools are more diverse, and they have lower test scores. And even though the Master Plan, which was supposedly the basis for the parcel tax talks about the need to close the achievement gap, Measure E commits no funds to this endeavor.