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Guv promises to “protect education funding”

Arnold SchwarzeneggerI just received a transcript of Gov. Schwarzenegger’s State of the State Address, which he opened with a story of teamwork — between his family’s miniature pony and pot-bellied pig.

Later in the speech, the governor said he would “protect education funding,” despite the state’s projected $20 billion deficit through the end of 2010-11.

That’s a tall order without raising taxes, since education makes up roughly half of the budget, so I’ll be curious to see the details of his budget plan on Friday. Maybe the state Legislators will take his pony and pig story to heart.

Here’s an excerpt of his speech:

Now, I will address our immediate budget situation more fully in a few days, when I present my budget but let me just give you an overview. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Under: finances, Schwarzenegger | 4 Comments »

Oakland’s school parcel tax measure, a year in the making (and counting)

Tribune file photo

I can’t imagine spending a year of my life trying to come up with a school parcel tax measure that is palatable to Oakland’s edu-political extremes, but some brave souls have done just that. And, believe it or not, the democratic process behind simply crafting the ballot measure has yet to run its course.

Maybe you can help the parcel tax coalition and the Oakland school board (that, or further muddy the waters!), by opining on the following points that are still up for debate. That is, if you think the school district should float another parcel tax to boost the compensation of its employees in the first place.

Should the measure…

a) go on the June 2010 ballot Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Under: charter schools, finances, politics, School board news, teachers | 71 Comments »

OUSD board elects new prez, gives itself raise

Gary YeeAt an organizational meeting this morning, the Oakland school board unanimously elected second-term board member Gary Yee (right) as its president and Chris Dobbins as its VP, according to Troy Flint, the OUSD spokesman.

The board also voted to increase its monthly compensation from $750 to $787.50, a 5 percent raise which amounts to an extra $450 a year per member ($3,150 for all seven board members).

I wasn’t at the meeting, so I didn’t hear the discussion around this issue, but I’ll watch the video when it’s posted. Thoughts?

Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2010
Under: School board news | 23 Comments »

Meet Raza Club, a new group of teens who want to change Oakland

Raza Club dinner
Photo by Jane Tyska/Staff

Remember the blog post about the Oakland teenagers who serve coffee every Monday morning to day laborers? A full story about the group, Raza Club, ran on Friday, along with an audio slideshow. I hope to keep you updated on the club as it evolves.

Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2010
Under: community, teens | 7 Comments »