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AUSD Measure A Ballot Argument Rebuttals Submitted to Registrar’s Office

Action Alameda News has obtained copies of the ballot arguments and rebuttals both for proponents and opponents of Measure A, Alameda Unified School District’s parcel tax ballot measure scheduled for the ballot on March 8th, 2011. Rebuttals to arguments already on file were filed with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters over the past week; both rebuttals are reproduced in their entirety below.

Opponent Rebuttal to Measure A “For” Argument

32 to 1 Ain’t Fair!

AUSD’s claim to have consulted the community is neither reasonable nor honest.

Who in the community did AUSD consult who suggested, “Lower taxes on big business by 16% and increase taxes for the average homeowner by 65%” ? Some homeowners will see their tax triple or even quadruple.

Who in the community said, “We should charge 1 penny per square foot at our largest shopping center while the rest pay 32 cents” ?

AUSD is trying to hide your individual tax increase from you. But you can go to www.Alameda-No-On-A.com and find out for yourself.

No Real Financial Oversight
The proposed oversight committee is a rubber stamp body and a shameful farce. The ballot measure language allows AUSD to hand-pick members and provides no authority to hold AUSD accountable.

“A” creates two classes of public school students:
1. those in traditional public schools
2. those in charter public schools

“A” allocates charter school students 1/4 of the money allocated to traditional students. “A” allows AUSD to change that allocation whenever “financial conditions change,” which happens every year, as we all know.

Governor Brown has said that schools have to restructure to save money, which AUSD refuses to do.

Restructuring brings down costs and improves student performance. Alameda already has working models which prove this. Nonetheless, AUSD wants an unfair tax to finance the past.

All children must be treated equally.
All taxpayers must be treated equally.

32 to 1 Ain’t Fair!
Vote NO on “A”!

Proponent Rebuttal to Measure A “Against” Argument

Our entire community benefits from the quality schools we have in Alameda. That’s why community and business leaders, parents, seniors and educators came together to place Measure A on the ballot.

Measure A replaces our current school funding measures which are set to expire. Previous measures will no longer be in effect. Residences and businesses will be assessed at the same rate -a tested conservative approach used in other communities.

The last time Alamedans voted on a parcel tax, the opponents argued that having different rates for businesses and residences was unfair. This time, the rate is the same for both, with a cap to protect jobs and economic development – yet the opponents still say it’s unfair.

Measure A protects our schools and community from the severe impacts of state cuts to education and the loss of funding from our expiring local school measures.

The measure doesn’t try to fund every possible need in our schools. But it funds core academic programs and retains the quality teachers who have succeeded in boosting test scores and preparing our students for college and careers.

There is an exemption for seniors. Those currently exempt under the previous measures will not need to re-apply. The exemption will automatically renew every year.

Measure A includes strong provisions for transparency, accountability and auditing of funds.

By supporter Measure A, we will support our schools, our students and the entire community of Alameda. See the list of Alamedans endorsing Measure A at www.AlamedaSOS.org

5 comments to AUSD Measure A Ballot Argument Rebuttals Submitted to Registrar’s Office

  • Hot r

    There are not two “classes” of students created. Charter schools have more money per student than regular schools, therefore that is why they don’t need as much from the parcel tax.

    What example(s) are you using to support your claim that restructuring brings down “costs and improves student performance”?

  • Hot R – if charter schools have more money than regular schools, maybe all the schools should go charter? And we could get rid of some of the 28 or so administrators and their average $100K+ salaries? They say that charter schools are self-administered by the teachers.

  • Jay

    In the past two years, high percentages of students drop-out of high schools in alameda city because a number of bad teachers existing in alameda public schools. Seems the AUSD administrators and the teachers don’t like the kids to succeed in schools. A lot of Asian Students are getting below average grades, unfair grade elevation in many subjects in elementary, especially in middle or high school. The students are being neglected emotionally in alameda public schools. The teachers find excuse to lie to the students, not receiving their homework or etc. Some kids don’t say anything but a lot the high students complain to their teachers… But it doesn’t help.

  • Dropout rates for AUSD for 2008-09 from the Cal. Dept. of Education. Highest dropout rates for Native American and Pacific Islanders. Second highest is Hispanic and African Americans.

    http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/DropoutReporting/GradeEth.aspx?cDistrictName=ALAMEDA%20CITY%20UNIFIED&cCountyCode=01&cDistrictCode=0161119&cSchoolCode=0000000&Level=District&TheReport=EthOnly&ProgramName=All&cYear=2008-09&cAggSum=DTotGrade&cGender=B

    Ethnic Category Reported Adjusted
    Grade 7 Dropouts Grade 8 Dropouts Grade 9 Dropouts Grade 10 Dropouts Grade 11 Dropouts Grade 12 Dropouts Ungraded Secondary Dropouts Grade 9-12 Dropout Total Grade 9-12 Enrollment Grade 9-12 4-year Derived Dropout Rate Grade 9-12 1-year Dropout Rate Reenrolled Grade 9-12 Dropouts Grade 9-12 Lost Transfers Adjusted Grade 9-12 Dropout Total Adjusted Grade 9-12 4-year Derived Dropout Rate Adjusted Grade 9-12 1-year Dropout Rate
    None Reported 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 ** ** 1 0 1 ** **
    American Indian/Alaska Native, Not Hispanic 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 16 43.8% 12.5% 0 0 2 43.8% 12.5%
    Asian, Not Hispanic 0 1 0 0 2 12 0 14 1,272 4.4% 1.1% 1 15 28 8.7% 2.2%
    Pacific Islander, Not Hispanic 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 5 43 40.7% 11.6% 0 0 5 40.7% 11.6%
    Filipino, Not Hispanic 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 9 318 10.6% 2.8% 0 6 15 16.3% 4.7%
    Hispanic or Latino of Any Race 0 0 2 2 0 24 0 28 457 23.1% 6.1% 2 9 35 28.4% 7.7%
    African American, Not Hispanic 0 0 0 1 3 20 0 24 479 21.9% 5.0% 1 12 35 28.1% 7.3%
    White, Not Hispanic 1 0 1 1 3 19 3 27 962 9.5% 2.8% 1 13 39 14.2% 4.1%
    Two or More Races, Not Hispanic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 0.0% 0 0 0 0 0.0% 0
    District Total 1 1 3 6 10 89 3 111 3,571 11.9% 3.1% 6 55 160 16.6% 4.5%
    Countywide 212 226 567 497 480 1,696 4 3,244 67,959 18.3% 4.8% 903 2,655 4,996 26.7% 7.4%
    Statewide 2,863 4,681 12,248 13,249 16,267 48,030 192 89,986 2,017,636 17.3% 4.5% 20,724 45,654 114,916 21.5% 5.7%

  • Jay

    In the past two years, high percentages of students drop-out of high schools in alameda city because a number of bad teachers existing in alameda public schools. Seems the AUSD administrators and the teachers don’t like the kids to succeed in schools. A lot of Asian Students are getting below average grades, unfair grade evaluation in many subjects in elementary, especially in middle or high school. The students are being neglected emotionally in alameda public schools. The teachers find excuse to lie to the students, not receiving their homework or etc. Some kids don’t say anything but a lot the high students complain to their teachers… But it doesn’t help.

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