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Borders to Support Alameda Schools This Weekend

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The Alameda Education Foundation and Alameda PTA Council are encouraging members of the community to visit Borders bookstore at Alameda Towne Centre this Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5.

Shoppers buying a book, toy or even a latte will recieve $15 giftcard to donate to the Alameda public schools or another public school of their choice. In addition, those buying the book “Waiting for Superman” will receive a second $15 giftcard.

The program is being organized through DonorsChoose.org, according to an Associated Press report.

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Alameda Schools to Benefit from Beatles-Tribute Show

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The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, is set to headline “All Together Now,” a benefit supporting Alameda public schools, from 6 to 11 p.m. this Friday, November 12.

The venue is Auctions by the Bay Theatre, 2700 Saratoga Street, Alameda Point.

Proceeds from the event will support music, drama, art and more in Alameda public schools, according to Vicki Sedlack.

In addition to the Sun Kings, “All Together Now” will feature DJ Pete Fletcher spinning oldies from the ’50s and ’60s.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door and include food and one glass of wine or beer, with more beverages available for purchase.

More information and tickets are available at online at the AEF’s website. 

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AUSD master planning meeting tonight at Haight School

Tonight is the first of three Alameda Unified School District community meetings about the future of Alameda schools. The idea, as I understand it, is to create a master plan for the public school system in Alameda. The meeting starts at 6:30 and Superintendent Kirsten Vital as well as members of the school board will be discussing three possible scenarios for addressing the long term fiscal sustainability of public education in Alameda. They’ll be discussing how dwindling state funding impacts the district, the possibility of chartering the district as on whole, as well as the possibility of generating more funds for Alameda schools at the local level. The meeting is at Haight Elementary.

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School board meeting tonight: Alameda’s anti-bullying curriculum tonight

So, once again, an Alameda debate has hit the regional news. And the Christian right has picked up the story and run with it. There’s also a lot of heated rhetoric swirling around (check out the comments on this Blogging Bayport post).

I have to confess that the whole debate about this tiny piece of AUSD curriculum makes me sad and weary. It surprises me that in this day and age, in the Bay Area, that we are still so hostile to difference, so obsessed with other people’s sex lives, so afraid of ourselves and the world and others. What the AUSD curriculum aims to do is teach reality: that all families (the majority of families, in fact) don’t look like the Cleavers. Families have all sorts of configurations, incorporating grandparents and cousins, step-siblings and stepfathers, same gender couples and opposite gender couples. That is reality. We can not like it, but, in reality, families have great variety.

The curriculum also aims to address another reality: that kids can be cruel, and they can torment and tease and poke and prod so severely as to destroy lives (just look at suicide rates for gay and lesbian youth). And it is incumbent on us as a society to protect our children, all our children. Pretending that acceptance and cruelty are not serious school issues helps no one.

With all the fervor, tonight’s school board meeting is sure to be a heated one. But if we can remember the basics, live and let live, do onto others, love thy neighbor, I think we can put this in its proper place and move on, continuing on with our work and household chores and other duties and obligations…We can continue on with the life basics shared by and important to all families regardless of their configuration. Because, despite everything, we are all a whole lot more alike than we are different.

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Rally for Alameda schools Thursday afternoon

[Ed. note: speakers at the rally include State Assembly Member Sandre Swanson and former 16th district State Assembly Member Wilma Chan.]

This coming Thursday at 3:30 p.m. there will be a rally on the steps of the Alameda Unified School District offices to keep the momentum going in support of public education. My understanding is that speeches/remarks will begin at 4 p.m. and speakers include the always-inspiring Brooke Briggance as well as reps from teacher and staff unions. District offices are at 2200 Central Avenue.

Come on out and be energized to, among other things, pass Measure H, the supplemental/emergency parcel tax that, as I hope you’ve heard already, will be on the June 3rd ballot.

Also, for your edification/amusement here’s a link to an Onion story about the cutting of the entire past tense from schools across the country.