In the past couple weeks, the Alameda Unified School District, has lost its CFO, Luz Cazares, and Superintendent Ardella Dailey has announced she will be retiring at the end of the calendar year. In this week’s “Life on the Island,” the column I write for the Alameda Journal, I talk about these changes and, too, upcoming openings on the school board (we could potentially have four new school district trustees come 2009). As I touched on in my column, I have never liked the phrase, ‘close the achievement gap.’ In the educational utopia of my imagination, I would like to see a school system that works to boost achievement for all students, no matter if they come to school exceptional in one way or another, struggling with basics, or, as is often the case, struggling in some areas and exceptional in others.
Past “Life on the Island” columns
July 8, 2008: Alameda Journal”Getting an education in civics
July 1, 2008: Soaking up life on the Bay
June 24, 2008: Alamedans get back to basics to save environment
June 17, 2008: Fear can limit the joys of childhood
June 10, 2008: Never underestimate the power of one
June 3, 2008: Paying the price to have good schools
May 27, 2008: A civil rights issue in our time
May 20, 2008: What’s cooking in the hot weather?
May 12, 2008: When a man needs a cave
May 5, 2008: Enjoying that small-town feel
April 28, 2008: Support of tax teaches lesson
April 21, 2008: New garage can be a good habit
April 14, 2008: When the earth shakes, duck
April 7, 2008: Snails, ants, lice and light brown apple moths