Whatta day for Alameda’s schools and students, capping off an unbelievable week that saw hundreds of students make national news by walking out of Alameda’s high schools to protest budget cuts and a slew of Sacramento pols fall all over themselves to say it ain’t gonna be so. This afternoon, state schools chief Jack O’Connell met with students who led the walkout. O’Connell listened to the students’ budget concerns, the Alameda Journal’s Peter Hegarty reports
; afterward, O’Connell criticized Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for shirking his duty toward the state’s schools. Meanwhile, the governor, speaking at a press conference at the West Oakland BART station, floated the idea of raising taxes. An hour after O’Connell’s appearance, the folks at the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame and KNBR sports radio donated $30,000 for Alameda’s sports programs, and four hours of airtime, hosted by Alamedan Tom Tolbert, to further fundraising efforts. Encinal High grad and Detroit Tigers starter Dontrelle Willis pledged $20,000 of his own money for Alameda sports. Folks, we may be a “low-wealth district,” in educationese; but the kids here have taught us all a valuable lesson.