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January 25, 2023

MUN-ey

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Last night’s School Board meeting was, frankly, exhausting. For a full-ish recap, head on over to the #alamtg hashtag. If you’ve ever watched any School Board meeting involving a well resourced school site, it was as expected.

Anyway, I figure since so many people think that money can just be found anywhere hopefully some of you all can find some money to throw at the Encinal High School Model United Nations Club. They’re taking a trip to the National conference in New York City and need a little help defraying some of the costs of attendance. This year Encinal High School is has been assigned the country of Zambia at the National conference but the team/class has participated at local conferences held at Berkeley this year as well. At the last conference a few students even took home some recognition awards.

Just between you and me, apparently some folks are serious about the Model UN and get their kids training outside of whatever school prep there is. Encinal is not that serious but there are enough talented kids that they’ll use all the pluck and guts they have to win despite not having the leg up that other schools have.

So if a bunch of you can pitch in just a few bucks maybe the club can reach its goal and have a bit extra to start fundraising for next year as well.

You can check out the GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nhsmun-donations

Thanks to those who have already helped out and, look, even Tony Daysog has contributed.

15 Comments »

  1. Zambia was a lucky draw, it’s a very interesting case right now. The country has been in default on its international debt since 2020, a classic rewind of the old “resource curse” but with a modern twist: the slow burn between the IMF and the Chinese Ex-Im Bank has been very interesting to watch. The government has a very steep hill of reform to climb, but the value of copper, its primary export is solid & climbing.

    They may not realize it yet, but they have a really neat case.

    Comment by dave — January 25, 2023 @ 7:02 am

    • I’m literally sending your comment to #1 daughter who will be attending the conference. #2 son is in Model UN but not going because he’s only in 9th grade.

      Comment by Lauren Do — January 25, 2023 @ 7:49 am

    • While they are there, could they ask the US representative if Hunter has any more classified documents for sale and to confirm if the drop box is still besides the Corvette?

      Comment by Real Observer — January 25, 2023 @ 11:54 am

      • Sure they could if they want to be laughed right out of the room for being dumbasses. But I think they’re actually taking this seriously.

        Comment by Rod — January 26, 2023 @ 7:38 am

  2. I thought the board meeting was really helpful. My sense is that 1) The Earhart money has to be cut. Every elementary school teaches science as a core subject, using the same Foss curriculum. My kids (at a non-Earhart school) do science in their classrooms, including labs. I don’t think there’s any basis to give Earhart an extra teacher for this program. 2) The Maya Lin money is both easier and harder. It’s easier because there are more alternative funding sources for ML, including PTA and Prop 28, but it’s harder because the program is more distinctive and is not well replicated in other AUSD classrooms. The better approach might be to consider expanding art across schools using Prop 28 money so we hire additional art teachers and every elementary school gets a .5 FTE for art, or something along those lines. 3) I support the existence of a K-8 program. I think it’s important. But it seems pretty clear based on the data that we can’t afford to keep it at Bay Farm. The question is: if we cut it at Bay Farm, do we ever get a K-8 program back? There is not physical space for it to go anywhere else except maybe Ruby, but then you have one East End middle school and six West End middle schools, which seems inefficient. Conceptually it makes tons of sense to have it at Ruby, but practically I wonder if it’s doable.

    Comment by Anon — January 25, 2023 @ 10:57 am

    • The only issue with the Prop 28 money is that it’s allocated to the site directly and I don’t know if there’s a way to force, let’s say ML and Love to commit to using their Prop 28 money to go halfsies on an Art Teacher. ML’s larger program funding was pulled back a few years ago, I think we’re only talking about enough funding for 1 FTE which is the art teacher.

      Comment by Lauren Do — January 25, 2023 @ 11:39 am

    • Spitballing this a bit further, I wonder if we’re thinking about the existence of a K-8 too finely. The goal of BFMS was to pull families back to AUSD when they left the district (generally MS, it’s a thing and I don’t understand why, but they typically return for HS) what we’ve seen from the BFMS experiment is that the goal wasn’t truly successful for that purpose but now it may serve a different purpose where it helps kids with special needs get comfortable transitioning from elementary to high school in a more “controlled” environment. We’ve done small academies at larger campuses in the past, we could consider an academy at Wood that would be “self contained” but be able to share resources that are more expensive (paraprofessionals, administrative staff, counseling, etc).

      Comment by Lauren Do — January 25, 2023 @ 11:44 am

      • I was thinking about this too. When i was a kid my middle school was divided into teams so you were in a smaller community for your classes. Teachers taught as a team and you got to know those kids pretty well. I wonder if that’s an option at Lincoln or Wood.

        Comment by Anon — January 25, 2023 @ 12:21 pm

        • The team system is how classes are run at Jr Jets. You have your “core” classes (Math, Science, English, History) with two teachers and you stay with that cohort of kids through the year. You get one elective (which is highly curated by grade) and PE. Other than the elective you stay with that group of kids through the whole year.

          Comment by Lauren Do — January 25, 2023 @ 12:28 pm

  3. If you go back in the way back machine, Maya Lin was receiving additional funding to support plans to transition the site to a K-8.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — January 25, 2023 @ 12:14 pm

  4. BF school does not cost a lot per student. The kids don’t expect elective after elective and they’ve been fine sitting in portables instead of actual classrooms.

    If you want to talk about equal funding per student, it’s definitely more should be going to BF. And this is even before we talk about how much in an absolute amount that bay farm properties actually generate compared to used in the Measure B1 and related funds.

    Attacking an area just because the families have more resources in general seems wrong. Or are you associating that with other issues that these families vote for and just want to spite the area for that…

    Comment by Flawed — January 25, 2023 @ 3:36 pm

    • Tell me you don’t understand school funding and allocations without telling me you don’t understand school funding and allocations.

      Comment by Lauren Do — January 25, 2023 @ 3:39 pm

      • There’s probably 95% of your readers that would like you to explain why exactly BF families are cheating the rest of Alameda. Perhaps you can correct me too. What’s the distribution of annual costs per student at our K-8 schools?

        I still feel you have valid arguments about location but specifically saying it’s not good here due to the economic status of an area is ugh. When Paden, Franklin, and/or ASTI comes on the chopping board next, there will be an equal amount of outrage about the process at which this was done and those areas are much different than Bay Farm.

        Speaking of the process, do you feel it’s fair to announce this two weeks ago, during enrollment periods for a change to be made the next school year? If this wasn’t BF, would you have the same reaction and say this is fair?

        Comment by Flawed — January 25, 2023 @ 3:51 pm

        • Congratulations. You get it. The idea is to pit one group against another and shame any dissenters while the District wastes thousands on “diversity and inclusion” and sits on millions in unspent Covid funds.

          Comment by Mirror — January 25, 2023 @ 6:36 pm

    • B1 and the other parcel taxes are not levied based on property value, they are levied per-parcel or per building square foot. Parts of the city with more parcels or larger buildings are what would generate disproportionate revenue. BF doesn’t really have either, at least not to the point where they are contributing disproportionately..

      Comment by Somebody Else Is Using Anon Now — January 25, 2023 @ 5:01 pm


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