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District talks funding options Wednesday

Submitted by on 1, May 15, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

washington-schoolAlameda’s schools have lost $7 million in funding over the past seven years, and with the state in fiscal turmoil (and the bacon-saving Measure H parcel tax tied up in court), there is little certainty about what’s to come.

In an effort to meet those realities head-on, the district’s leadership is taking a look at it options. This coming Wednesday, May 20, they’ll talk about whether the district can survive on state funding alone. And they’re inviting the public to be part of the conversation, which will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henry Haight Elementary School, 2025 Santa Clara Avenue.

District leaders will also talk about what a district of charter schools would look like, on June 2 at Edison School; and how to provide a quality education with the funding challenges the district faces (permanent parcel tax in 2012?), on August 18 at Will C. Wood Middle School.

Alameda Unified gets 78 percent of its money from the state, but like every other California school district, it has been impacted by the state budget crisis. The district is facing $5.8 million in cuts for this year and next year, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is promising deeper cuts if state leaders’ package of budget propositions – which contain a tangled mass of funding plans for the schools – don’t pass on May 19.

Here’s a little fuller rundown about what is going to be discussed at the three sessions. And speaking of meetings, the school board has scheduled a continuation of the public hearing on the district’s proposed anti-gay bullying lessons for 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 18 at Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Avenue.

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