Schools

How many Alameda students are learning English as a second language, and how are they doing? Here's a breakdown; a full presentation is available on the school district's website.

Alameda Unified's suspension and expulsion rates declined last year, newly released state data show, though rates for African American and Latino students remained disproportionately high.

Alameda's Board of Education discussed the future of three of the Island's middle schools on Tuesday night, along with the entire district's facilities needs. Here's what happened, in tweets.

Members of Alameda’s Board of Education will weigh in Tuesday on which campus or campuses they think the Alameda Community Learning Center should call home next year.

School district staff is asking for the board’s permission to offer the 18-year-old district-created charter school space on three separate campuses – Wood Middle School, the former Woodstock Elementary School and Encinal High School. Alternatively, they are asking board members to consider two other options – adding five portables to the Wood campus in order to keep the charter school there, or moving the entire school to Woodstock, along with its sister school, the Nea Community Learning Center.

Alameda’s Board of Education rode herd on a contentious discussion Tuesday about space for Alameda Unified’s charter schools that exposed the rising tensions over space.

Updated at 12:53 p.m. Thursday, January 9 in bold

Schools leaders are expected to put a bond measure on the November ballot for repair and replacement of Alameda’s aged schools. So how much will you pay if voters approve it, and what will the money pay for?

The board’s likely electoral route – a vote under the rules of Proposition 39, which allows bonds to be issued with 55 percent voter approval – will mean limits on the amount of money property owners can be charged to pay for them each year and also, the amount of debt the district can take on.

Alameda’s public school parents have been pushing for security upgrades in the wake of a mass murder at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. and a rash of frightening incidents at schools here on the Island.

The school district is accepting proposals for new magnet schools and innovative school programs that could be open for business by the fall of 2015.

Assistant Superintendent Barbara Adams said some schools have expressed interest in starting a new program, but nothing specific is in the works yet. Proposals for new programs will be due in June, while those from schools seeking to copy existing programs are due a few months earlier, in March.

Brand-new programs that win school board approval would open in the fall of 2016, while programs that replicate existing innovative or magnet programs would open a year earlier, in 2015.

Alameda's Board of Education discussed new opportunities for school choice programs, money for the Common Core rollout, did a quick seat shuffle and more. Here's the tweet by tweet.

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.