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March 5, 2008

You’ll never walkout alone

Filed under: Alameda, School — Tags: , , — Lauren Do @ 1:12 pm

Encinal and Alameda High students have staged a massive walkout in protest over the cuts.  And where there are a bunch of angry kids taking to the streets, news media follows. 

A sampling of the coverage:

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15 Comments

  1. I watched the kids march as they passed Webster and all the way down to the District Office. I was proud. It was a very large group and was not organized by adults and they were amazing.

    Once at the District Office, they gathered in front of Historic Alameda High and chanted their protests. For the most part, they kept their focus on the governor and his cuts vs pitting the community against the school board or district.

    Once inside, Ardella Dailey spoke briefly but in a good sign of leadership, handed the microphone over the student leaders. Ian Merrifield was amazing! He is smart and speaks well. This is one young man with a bright future. As the adults watched and provided crowd control (it was not difficult), Ian did a brilliant job of explaining that kids may go to two different high schools but we all belong to one school district.

    This was a day that a large group of kids did the school proud.

    Comment by sylvia kahn — March 5, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

  2. Am I alone in thinking this may have been timed to coincide with a chemistry exam?

    Comment by dave — March 5, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

  3. Thank you, Sylvia! I’m at home tending a child with chicken pox and have been just itching (forgive the pun) to know what’s going on. And thank you, Lauren, for posting all the links to the news sites so quickly.

    Comment by Susan Davis — March 5, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

  4. I never thought I would be proud to see EHS kids cut school. The kids were there not to get out of a class they had something to say. They are scared their future may be taken. There is so much competition for college these days and if they can’t take the classes and extra activities it takes what are they going to do? As our AD put it “Arnold is big but we are stronger”…he is taking 4.5 million dollars away from our district that he is required to give by law. All they are saying to the Kindergarten Cop is don’t be a thief…

    Comment by Barbara M — March 5, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

  5. Did you see this quote:

    “Alameda County has lost more students than almost any county in the state over the last few years,” said Schwarzenegger spokesman Jeff Macedo. “This means the school districts in this county have to make cuts not just because of the governor’s budget proposal but also because of declining enrollment.”

    Does this have any basis in fact? I would like to see those statistics. There is a mini baby boom underwar. How does this view square with the overenrollment problems seen by Edison and many other East Bay elementary schools?

    Comment by Lance A — March 5, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

  6. This is the best commercial imaginable for the backers of the parcel tax…and it didn’t cost them a penny.

    Comment by bostonteaparty2 — March 5, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  7. As an AHS alum, I’m so incredibly proud of the students for walking out like this- the same thing happened in 2001 when david nayfield organized a walkout when the teachers were renegotiating

    Comment by Alamedaman — March 5, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

  8. In response to Lance A (#5) —

    The statement from Schwarzenegger’s office is a cop-out. Alameda as a district has had some declines in enrollment over the last few years, primarily as a result of the closing of the Harbor Bay apartments near the Navy base. However, the decrease in enrollment had pretty much been accounted for in previous budgets. The real problem this year has been caused by the plan to reduce state funding to schools by about 10%.

    With respect to the overenrollment problems at Edison, it appears the overenrollment is a function of that particular neighborhood. Edison is a small school in a neighborhood that is heavily populated by elementary age kids. Although Edison and a few other schools in Alameda are facing overenrollment problems within their borders, the district as a whole has capacity.

    Comment by Page — March 5, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

  9. #5

    Further to Page’s comments in #8, check out the FAQ at http://www.alamedaschools.org/faq.shtml

    We may have seen declining enrollment in recent years, which has resulted in lower ADA money – but that’s nothing compared to the cuts of $7.5m taken from our base revenue in the past seven years, and now the $4.5m we’re now having to cut in the next 2 years.

    Independent of any of these cuts, Alameda is systematically underfunded relative to any other school district in Alameda county. We receive less money per child – in some cases up to $900 less. If kids in Alameda received the same education dollars as the kids just over the hill in Dublin, we’d have $9 million extra per year compared to where we are now.

    It’s totally inequitable, and comments such as the one you quote from Schwarzenegger’s staff are a sham. Sacramento Inc., is busy pointing the finger at someone else but the smoking gun is in their other hand.

    Comment by Andy Currid — March 6, 2008 @ 12:27 am

  10. It’s so crazy that Alameda is so underfunded, Considering AH’s well ranked status as top 3% nation wide, and a high gradutation rate. Year after year they send so many kids to Great schools like Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, Yale. Wow, if this isn’t good enough, what is?I have several family members that attend this school, They’re all counting on their AP classes to give them a good shot at a good UC. One of them is a sophmore being scouted by Stanford’s football team, AS A SOPHMORE! This is a shame.

    Comment by MarkD — March 6, 2008 @ 8:03 am

  11. 10…”It’s so crazy…”

    Kind of makes you think that “under-funding” Alameda schools has little or nothing to do with the success rate of kids in Alameda, doesn’t it?

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 6, 2008 @ 8:30 am

  12. #11

    I do not understand your comment – are you saying that with cut of the sports programs, closure of schools (loss of 4.5M) – alameda will still be tops? Just deal with it?

    Alameda has great schools and lots of teachers that have made many sacrifices over the years to keep it this way (not an easy/secure job) – how much more do they need to sacrifice?

    We need to work on getting this funding situation straightened out for the long term. Is there anything the public can do?

    Comment by ChrisO — March 6, 2008 @ 9:25 am

  13. I see your point,but no. It doesn’t make me think that at all. It makes me wonder that perhaps with adequate funding even more kids than now, could have excelled and founds their own path to success.

    It also makes me wonder about the kids that were already on this path and might have to take some serious detours, like the examples mentioned in my first post.

    So no, it doesn’t.

    Comment by MarkD — March 6, 2008 @ 9:33 am

  14. ChrisO,

    You can go to alamedaschools.org and sign up to help with the parcel tax. IF you want to get involved with the Alameda Education Foundation go to alamedaeducation.org

    Comment by Barbara M — March 6, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  15. There are long-terms efforts underway to address equalization (AUSD gets less money per pupil than any other district in Alameda County), devolution (a fancy word that has to do with how much funding is tied up in state mandated programs), and just plain adequate funding that is supposedly legally required of the State. Go to alamedaeducation.org to sign up to help with any of these efforts.

    Comment by Vicki Sedlack — March 6, 2008 @ 2:45 pm


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