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Alameda County, CA November 6, 2012 Election
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Implement the goals and strategies of the District Master Plan

By Niel Tam

Candidate for Board Member; Alameda Unified School District

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The Alameda Board of Education developed this Master Plan to ensure Alameda students receive a quality education in spite of unprecedented reductions in California state funding for public education.
In 2009/2010 AUSD saw its revenues reduced by $1,421 per student from $6,367 to $4.946. The 2010/2011 proposed Governor's budget had revealed no meaningful restoration of public education funding, and this looks to be the trend for years to come. The severity of the deficits, uneven enrollment and the need for more choice in this district led to the creation of the Master Plan. The district must do more with less, reducing its fixed costs while ensuring effective services, high quality programs and still have fiscal integrity. This plan relies on the community to lobby for and successfully pass a new replacement parcel tax. In 2011 the parcel tax did pass and now we have implemented the stated goals in the Master Plan.


Some of the goals and strategies in the Master Plan have taken place. Accelerated learning through high quality instruction has taken place with the implementation of the Math Initiative as shown by the results of the CST's Math Scores. Attractive school options were created with the approval of an art magnet school, Maya Lin and the Innovative Programs at Earhart School and Bay Farm School. The enrollment in the district also increased this school year with the implementation of Centralized Enrollment along with the introduction of the magnet school and the innovative programs. Maya Lin's student enrollment is reaching capacity.

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