Schools

Alameda’s Catholic school teachers are signing contracts containing controversial new language requiring their private behavior to model and promote Catholic teachings.

Oakland Diocese spokesman Mike Brown said that teachers at all of the diocese’s schools signed the new contract, except for three from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. Teachers at all of the diocese’s schools, who sign a contract annually, received their 2014-15 contract in mid-April and were given until May 9 to sign.

“We hope that those who didn’t sign did so completely informed as to the Bishop’s meaning and intent,” Brown said.

Alameda's high school graduation rates outpace those of Alameda County and the state, though the data - for the 2012-13 school year - varied by school and group.

Alameda Unified's leaders want to fix and upgrade the district's schools.

Alameda’s two high schools could be the focus of a bond the Alameda Board of Education is considering for the November ballot.

Alameda's Board of Education is considering a bond program to upgrade its school facilities. Here are the school board's questions about the proposed bond structure, and answers from the district's bond advisor, Vincent McCarley; meanwhile, our school bond explainer is here.

 

Schools leaders could ask voters for nearly $180 million to modernize Alameda’s public schools, a bond consultant told the Board of Education on Tuesday night. The board is considering whether to put a bond measure to fund schools fixes on the November ballot.

Alameda's Board of Ed okayed a lease for Nea and Alameda Community Learning Center, talked state funding and got the lowdown on potential bond amounts Tuesday night. Here's the tweet by tweet.

This year may be the last one that Newark Unified distributes money for the beginning teacher support and assessment program, or BTSA, schools leaders said, as the result of what some are characterizing as an unexpected consequence of changes in the way state funds are distributed to schools.

The Alameda Unified School District’s space crunch has claimed another victim. Alternatives in Action, a nonprofit organization that has used innovative educational techniques to help at-risk Bay Area students since 1996, is moving out of Alameda.

The nonprofit board that oversees Nea Community Learning Center voted Thursday to fire the school’s top administrator and the nonprofit’s chief operating officer after an emotional meeting at which students, parents and the school’s teachers defended the pair and called for their reinstatement.