Alameda’s school board got a rundown Tuesday on what one trustee called the “brave new world” of school funding that school districts across California are entering as the state begins its rollout of a new school funding formula this year.
The new funding formula could mean more money for Alameda’s schools over the eight years it is rolled out, though it may also mean greater oversight of the way school districts spend the state money that makes up the bulk of most districts’ funding.
“Local control is an illusion, people,” said school board member Mike McMahon, referring to the title of the new funding program, local control funding formula.
Leaders and parents from the Nea Community Learning Center pitched the Board of Education on renewing the school’s charter at the board’s meeting Tuesday night.
School districts across the nation are implementing new Common Core State Standards intended to bring schools’ college and career readiness efforts into the 21st century, and exercises like Lee’s offer a glimpse of what parents and students can expect to see more of when the effort is fully rolled out next year.
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.
Denise Langowski is excited to be a participant in the school lunch revolution. On Monday, she dished out 100 orders of chili cheese fries for students at Will C. Wood Middle School, and during a visit to the district’s central kitchen at Wood on Tuesday she proudly displayed cartons packed with beef teriyaki, perfectly browned baked chicken and a neat tray of lovingly crafted and quartered chicken salad sandwiches.
The district rolled out new school menus this year that feature a broader range of meal choices, created using more fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
Here's what the Board of Education did on Tuesday, and what you had to say about it.
Jackie JacksonDaley’s 12-year-old son, Lucas, made his first real friend at the Ala Costa after school program, which serves developmentally disabled youths. Lucas, who is autistic, had traveled to Berkeley and back after school each day to attend the program, but last year, the nonprofit struck a deal with the Alameda Recreation and Park Department to expand into Littlejohn Park.
Alameda’s Board of Education has selected an architect to craft a master facilities plan for the school district – its first major facilities plan in half a century.
Quattrochi Kwok Architects will put together the plan, which is expected to be the basis for a series of facilities bonds the school board is expected to put before voters. The board will vote on the work they expect the Santa Rosa-based firm to do – and the price for that work – on October 22.
If approved, the planning effort would begin this month and be completed in June 2014. District leaders had hoped to be ready to put its first facilities bond on the ballot by May 2014.
Here's what Alameda's Board of Education discussed Tuesday night, and what you had to say about it.
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