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Advice for Backers of Measure E

by Dennis Green

In the very moment when it seems as though chaos and darkness has overruled your world, see if you can find the light within that darkness. What can you learn from it, what can you gain from this moment? It may seem like total failure, but it’s not. It’s meant to [...]

Alamedans for Fair Taxation to Develop New School Parcel Tax

Alamedans for Fair Taxation, a local advocacy group consisting of business and property owners, have announced that they plan to develop and publicize a new school parcel tax of their own based on principles the group supports.


Teaching vs. Learning

by Dennis Green.

In all my years of teaching, I never heard it put quite this way. One famous, or notorious, Alameda High School teacher says to his students: “Well, there’s teaching going on here. But that doesn’t mean there’s any learning happening.” As if he’s done his duty, but maybe they aren’t doing theirs. [...]

Measure E Fails

by Dennis Green

With only half of Alameda’s registered voters concerned enough by the supposed plight of the schools to even vote at all, less than two thirds of those voted “Yes,” only 35 percent of registered voters, defeating the initiative. Measure E would have given this island city some of the highest school taxes [...]

Alameda Unified School District Concedes Defeat on Measure E

In a press release issued late yesterday, the Alameda Unified School District conceded defeat on Measure E, with only 35% of registered voters voting in favor of the measure. Less than two-thirds of the 21,966 votes cast were in favor of the measure, sending it to defeat. However, the District plans no school closures for [...]

Updated Measure E Results

As of 2:50 p.m. today, Measure E had 14,415 votes, or 65.62% of the votes cast, falling short of the required 2/3rds supermajority to win passage. This includes additional ballots from Alameda City Hall and the Registrar of Voters office not counted last night.

Yes 14,415 (65.62%) No 7,551 (34.38%) Total 21,966

Preliminary Measure E Results

As of 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 23rd, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters is reporting that Measure E has 65.39% “yes” votes – short of the 2/3rds required to pass.

Yes 13,789 (65.39%) No 7,297 (34.61%) Total 21,086

With roughly 800 votes left to count by the Registrar of Voters, virtually all of them would [...]

SunCal Contribution to AUSD Board President Ronald Mooney Brings His War Chest to Over $11,000

Last week, Action Alameda News reported that SunCal made a $5,000 contribution to a political action committee organized by Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees President Ronald Mooney for Measure H over two years ago. Campaign filings by Mooney suggest that he has over $11,000 in the committee’s coffers now, and he’s not saying [...]

The Achievement Gap

The Achievement Gap

by Dennis Green

That’s how it’s referred to euphemistically by the Alameda School District Trustees and Superintendent, “the achievement gap.” Instead, it’s the failure of the schools, and the teachers, to close that gap for African-American and Hispanic students. While the unemployment rate for Americans in general is around 10%, for African-Americans, [...]

SunCal Donations Include $5,000 to Political Action Committee “Keep Alameda Schools Excellent”

Documents recently released by the City of Alameda to provide transparency on SunCal’s expenses related to Alameda Point show a $5,000 contribution in May of 2010 to Keep Alameda Schools Excellent, the political action committee organized by Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees President Ronald Mooney to support the passage of Measure H in [...]


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