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January 10, 2017

Safe haven and sound

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Beating out the City of Alameda by a week, the Alameda School Board is ready to adopt a Safe Haven resolution for the Alameda Unified School District.  This is important because there have already been two reported bias-related incidents at Alameda schools.

From the resolution, this is what the Safe Haven resolution will ask the Superintendent to create a Safe Haven school district and that status will include:

  • Promoting tolerance and acceptance while taking a stand against hate speech;
  • Urging Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain its 2011 policy stating that it will not conduct immigration enforcement activity at any sensitive location, which includes schools, without permission by specific federal law enforcement officials unless exigent circumstances exist;
  • Maintaining the orderly operation of district facilities by requiring ICE to receive advance approval before entering district sites unless otherwise authorized by law;
  • Sharing of student files that may be used to ascertain legal status of students only where required by law;
  • Designating AUSD school sites as safe havens for students, families, and the community;
  • Allocating resources necessary to help promote and support diversity, inclusion, and values of a multicultural society, particularly with regard to the existing work led by the LGBTQ Round Table, Black Achievers Alliance, ALCANCE (AKA Latino Achievement Round Table), and Alameda Special Education Parent Support Group; and
  • Reaffirming our need to ensure the teaching of AUSD’s K-5 literature-based lessons on understanding the rights of all people and safeguarding fair treatment of protected classes (e.g., different abilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations);

And, the Resolution doubles down this this conclusion:

That the Board of Education affirms and upholds Alameda Unified School District’s unequivocal commitment to ensuring a safe educational environment for all, committing itself to AUSD being a safe haven school district for students and families threatened by immigration enforcement or discrimination, to the fullest extent of the law.

It will be interesting to see how the vote for this resolution compares to the vote for the eventual City Council Sanctuary City resolution.

Additionally on the School Board agenda is the Prop 39 request from Academy of Alameda which is seeking space for its students for next year.  Even though the projected numbers from last year fell short AoA is going to argue that this year all the interest forms are totally going to materialize into real numbers.  This year though AoA has an advocate on the Board who may challenge AUSD staff’s pushback.



  1. This is a feel good politically driven anti- Trump PR move and changes nothing- of course it will pass…

    For example-

    ICE does not go into schools now and hasn’t since 2006.
    By the wording of the resolution, the school district will cooperate with the Feds if legally required to do so…
    No money has been allocated to achieve any protection or support for any of the named groups…

    Does anybody in the expensive school district legal department know anything about the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution? Shouldn’t the district’s attorney at least advise the school board that the district would roll over if there ever was a request for information from the Feds about a student regardless of this resolution?

    Real change and protection would be recruiting many more minority teachers, higher teacher salaries, lower class sizes, and more resources for college and career centers which would help the identified groups far more than this resolution. Oh well…

    Comment by Captain Obvious — January 10, 2017 @ 8:32 am

  2. Critical reception (not mine, but if the shoe fits)
    Critical reaction for Safe Haven was largely negative. Peter Bradshaw, writing for The Guardian, called Safe Haven’s setting “a sugary vision of small-town America that does not correspond with the real world at any point. “I hate Safe Haven. It’s a terrible thing to do to your Valentine.

    Comment by jack — January 10, 2017 @ 9:43 am

  3. As the late-great Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Jordan explained “credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave.”

    Comment by Rising Sun — January 10, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

  4. And in other Board member news, the board split three to two in approving appointments to charter school boards. Interesting times ahead where Gary Lym will find himself in the middle of a two/two board. Brings back memories of my times where I was the man in the middle.

    Comment by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonAUSD) — January 10, 2017 @ 8:23 pm

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