Schools

On Tuesday night the school board got a rundown on Alameda Unified's English learners and had a lengthy tech talk. Here's the tweet by tweet.

The school district and commercial property owners who a court decided were unfairly taxed under a 2008 school parcel levy are working to negotiate a settlement in the property owners’ five-and-a-half year old case.

Attorneys for both the school district and the property owners are set to meet in the spring and could wrap up in April, court filings show. A hearing to discuss the parties’ settlement efforts is scheduled for May.

“We are going to mediate the case to try and reach a fair and equitable resolution for all the parties,” said David Brillant, an attorney for some of the property owners.

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.