It’s the first day of school for most Alameda Unified Schools out there so please be mindful of lots of little bodies making a come back around school drop off and pick up.
August 31, 2015
August 28, 2015
Really, nothing more than something fun for the weekend before school starts. Found in 1977 Alameda City Council minutes:
August 27, 2015
In 1988, the City attempted to, once again, address some form of renter protection in Alameda via a resolution that would encourage landlords to give tenants a justification as to why they were being evicted. This resolution died from lack of a second, here’s the entire thing, it appears only one City Council member Joe Camicia was pushing for the adoption of this resolution but his conservative colleagues were having none of it. Fun fact: Joe Camicia is the City Council member that had his file cabinet looted through by another City Councilmember at that time.
August 26, 2015
I linked to the Measure I ballot measure last week, but wanted to excerpt for you from an article in the Alameda Times Star prior to the election. As I mentioned, Measure I passed (shocker!) but was invalidated by the court.
From the article, apologies in advance for any misspellings, I’m typing this out from a print out from the microfiche:
August 25, 2015
Alameda’s Rasheed Shabazz (aka the Alamedan formerly known as Reginald James) is one person that can reliably be counted on to uncover and write about the uncomfortable parts of Alameda’s history particularly on race and housing issues. On his tumblr page from two years ago there was an entry about Amos Mecartney one of the old families of Alameda.
I’m just going to excerpt the whole passage, but if you want to see the actual handwritten census document, click through:
August 24, 2015
Earlier this year I was able to convince my kids to hang out at the library with me so I could do some microfiching while they browsed the kid section. Suffice it to say it was a one time deal and I haven’t been able to make it back into the microfiche archives for a while. But during the power 30 minutes they gave me way back in February or something, I was able to find a few interesting things. First on rent control.
I would scan these articles but my scanner is on the fritz and you don’t really want me to take photos and post those right? Because that would be totally janky.
Anyway, in 1985 some Alamedans tried to get rent control passed in Alameda but fell short because of procedure issues. According to an article in the Alameda Times-Star on March 26, 1985 a group by the name of Tenants and Landlords for Fair Rent managed to collect 6346 signatures to place a measure on the ballot. However, the petition was invalidated, highlights:
August 21, 2015
In September families in AUSD will receive scores for the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test, aka the Smart Balanced Test. Apparently you can decide to opt your student out of this test, but how else will you know how to arbitrarily decide on how good a school is without test scores?
I think a good warning to most parents is, when they get the scores is: don’t panic. I keep telling myself this because (1) I’m a worrier and (2) a bit of a tiger mom. I’m not necessarily proud of the second thing, but at least I can recognize it in myself.
Here’s a short video that explains how to read the test:
August 20, 2015
Today there’s a soft opening for CREAM at Alameda Landing (ice cream sandwiches on cookies, like Cookiebar) from 3 – 5 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit the Alameda Boys and Girls Club if you purchase on the soft opening day. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday and they’re giving out free ice cream sandwiches on the Saturday grand opening day. Free!
Another Alameda Landing business is also opening on Saturday as well: Spin Pizza. Spin Pizza will open across the street from Habit and — taking a cue from Habit’s successful openings — will donate 100% of the proceeds on this soft opening day to the Alameda Education Foundation if you come in between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for lunch and 5 – 7 p.m. for dinner.
It’s always a good thing when new businesses support local organizations.
August 19, 2015
Mike McMahon’s comment yesterday regarding attendance zones got me thinking about creating some new graphs based on census tract specific data and how this compares to the attendance zones for the neighborhood schools. I wasn’t able to precisely map the census tracts to the attendance zones, and there is some overlap, but in general it gives you an idea of the neighborhood data as compares to what the school demographics end up being. Here are the tracts that I associated to each school, I did not include Maya Lin as it is a magnet school and therefore open for all students regardless of attendance zone:
I created two types of infographics: one which overlays a line graph over bar graphs and the other as side to side bar graphs. All of the East End and Bay Farm schools (Earhart, Bay Farm, Edison and Otis) tracked the school demographics closely to the census data. Franklin also tracked pretty closely to the census data as well.
However all the other schools did not (Lum, Haight, Ruby Bridges and Paden) these school have disproportionate numbers when you compare the census numbers to the school demographics. Haight is a bit tricky because it’s a large attendance zone after Washington’s rebirth as Maya Lin, so I won’t be going into detail about Haight. First off Lum:
August 18, 2015
Updated to include Paden numbers.
KQED, piggybacking on the great This America Life show on schools and segregation, which uses the Normal Rockwell title and painting of Ruby Bridges to evoke the general feel of the piece, tackles the issue from a Bay Area perspective. Listening to some of the comments of the parents who were upset with students from a failing school district being bused to their district was very difficult in the This American Life piece.
Yesterday someone asked if the trend in Alameda is similar to what is happening in San Francisco and the answer is, “not really.” The only school that comes close to being “racially isolated” which is defined as 60% or more of one race is Edison at 59.5%.
I put all the elementary school data from the latest available on Ed-Data to show the difference between what the demographics are at the general AUSD level and then compared to the individual elementary schools. I also compared each individual school against the district wide numbers to show how individual schools’ population differ from the district wide numbers. Here’s an example of my kids’ school: Ruby Bridges.