One of the things that I am hopeful of is that with the passage of Measure E that Alameda children benefit by getting a really firm grasp on the basics of reading comprehension.
Because clearly some opponents to Measure E clearly have difficulty with that particular skill.
The Committee Against Measure E/Alamedans for Fair Taxation have been utilizing the “kitchen sink” approach to campaigning against Measure E. They literally have been throwing every single argument against Measure E and the School District against the wall in order to see what “sticks” in the public consciousness. As commenter Oh The Irony mentioned, the most recent post that I have screen capped for your viewing pleasure, attempts to outrage the 39 fans of CAME/AFT on Facebook with this nugget:
Since I have screen capped this (I like to do it early because sometimes things have a habit of disappearing) one person has “liked” this information. Not, apparently, attempting to get a firm grasp at what the information actually reveals.
Let me attempt to decipher this post for you because it was fairly confusing when I first read it. What CAME/AFT — led by the intrepid David Howard — is trying to say is that according to the information that he pulled off of the Ed Data Website, Alameda Unified School District has one of the largest numbers of Administrators and Support staff per pupil as compared to other school districts our size and that’s a bad thing.
Look, I know numbers can be hard and when you throw in words too, it just gets so confusing. I mean how else would one decipher “Pupils per administrator” and “Pupils per Pupil Services Staff” other than to assume that any number attributed to AUSD = bad.
Because, I couldn’t write it any better than Oh The Irony, this is how s/he broke it down:
What they’re apparently unable to comprehend is that that’s a good thing from an efficiency standpoint. A high ratio means fewer administrators and staff per pupil than comparable districts. Using AFT’s own numbers AUSD is incredibly efficiently run as compared to comparable districts. The numbers are so good for AUSD, I think APLUS should post those numbers on their own website.
So you may be asking, how is it that CAME/AFT got confused, well here are the slide. Please note that the measurement is Pupils per Administrator. The lack of pluralization of Administrator is important. So the ratio is Pupils:Administrator, singular. One.
As CAME/AFT correctly surmised we are number 2 on this list, behind only Arcadia Unified in Los Angeles County. But that is a good thing because it means that for every 384.7 students there is one (1) administrator. It’s waaayyy above the average of 249.1 students per one (1) administrator. This is a good number for the taxpayers of Alameda. That means, unlike opponents have been saying, AUSD is not administrator heavy. In this case, the higher the number, the less top heavy a school district is.
For Pupils per Pupil Services Staff, here are the numbers (second column):
This time AUSD is 3rd meaning that of all comparable districts AUSD has the 3rd least amount of support staff as compared to the number of students. So while the average number of pupils per support staff is 228.7 to 1, Alameda’s s 335.7 student to one support staff individual.
Although many thanks to CAME/AFT for bringing up the point that AUSD is indeed running lean, even if they unintentionally meant to prove the point that Measure E proponents have been making all along. Although it does make you wonder what other “facts” CAME/AFT have been spouting in order to get people to not support our schools.