Alameda Education Association

The Alameda Police Department is offering free child safety seat inspections from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 26 in the parking lot at police headquarters, 1555 Oak Street.

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The City Council will be considering a pair of key decisions Tuesday with implications for the both the near-term and farther-flung future of Alameda Point. The council will consider whether to hire a new company to manage and lease all of the city’s property – including Alameda Point – and also, whether to approve a proposed list of evaluation criteria for assessing development proposals for the former Navy base.

Alameda’s schools leaders are facing a fresh teacher contract issue this fall: Whether to approve a fresh raise for teachers that would take effect next July – or face the possibility that the contract could end up back in the hands of a mediator.

The contract approved at the end of February offers a 2.5 percent permanent raise that was retroactive to July 2012 and an additional raise of 0.75 percent for the 2012-2013 school year that was concluding as it was inked. Teachers got an additional 1.25 percent raise for this school year alone.

Alameda’s teachers will be getting the raises their union proposed last April under a tentative agreement they’ll be voting on next week, deal points obtained and released by a local blogger show. If approved by teachers and the Board of Education, the deal will cap two years of contentious negotiations whose closure required the assistance of a state legislator.

Neither side wished to offer additional contract details or comment on Wednesday.

Video by Donna Eyestone.

Scores of teachers and their supporters stormed City Hall on Tuesday night to demand a new contract from Alameda school district leaders, following all-night settlement talks that ended without a deal being reached.

Alameda's teachers have voted to approve a class size and calendar accord their union leaders reached with district officials on Tuesday evening, ending - for now - the threat of a strike over class sizes and providing families a start date for the upcoming school year.

Alameda school district officials and the union representing the district’s teachers have reached a tentative accord on class sizes and on a calendar for the 2012-2013 school year, Superintendent Kirsten Vital announced Tuesday night, potentially heading off a threatened strike over class sizes. The deal heads to teachers for a vote Wednesday and on Thursday, students’ final day of school this year.

Two weeks ago, we asked the community for their questions regarding negotiations over a new contract for Alameda's teachers. Today we publish responses from Superintendent Kirsten Vital and Alameda Education Association President Gray Harris.

School district officials have released dozens of grievances filed over the years Kirsten Vital has served as Alameda Unified's superintendent, documents that cast fresh light on teachers’ claims of a lack of respect from school administrators and on the reasoning behind new rules on teacher evaluations and discipline their union wants included in a new contract.

The head of Alameda’s teacher’s union is casting teachers’ decisive rejection of a tentative contract agreement as a referendum on the administration of Superintendent Kirsten Vital, while Vital is questioning why the union’s leaders would present the deal only to dismiss it as “inferior” after teachers voted it down.

“What this all boils down to is an issue of trust,” Alameda Education Association president Gray Harris wrote in a community letter explaining last week’s vote, the teachers’ first no vote on an agreement in local educators’ memory. “The teachers do not trust this administration and they do not like the direction our district is heading.”