On March 3, Alameda voters will go to the polls to vote on Measure A, a new parcel tax that will raise teacher and staff salaries by 11%. This is desperately needed, Alameda teachers are paid well below the county average and Alameda loses approximately 20% of its teachers every year to other school districts. We are so lucky at Edison that we have a team of senior, experienced teachers, with minimal turnover. But that is not true at the rest of the schools in the district -- including our secondary schools like Lincoln Middle School and Alameda High School. This teacher turnover directly hurts our children's education.
It takes a 2/3 majority for Measure A to pass, and there's no way we can get there without your help. We need a MINIMUM of 25 volunteers to help knock on doors and get out the vote - and right now, we have fewer than 5.
We need Edison families to help support this effort!
Strong Schools for Alameda is a grassroots organization of parents, teachers and community members leading the campaign to approve the parcel tax measure that is 100% dedicated to Alameda’s teachers and educators. We believe that behind every great student is a great teacher and that in order to keep our schools strong, we need to provide our educators with the tools they need to support our students.
There is strong community-wide support for this measure, but we need two-thirds voter support to pass. Getting out and talking one on one with our neighbors will make a critical difference to passing this measure.
Please sign up as a block captain to knock on doors. Personal connections make all the difference.
Sign up on the link below. You can choose to walk your own block or select a different block if that is more comfortable for you. We will provide literature, background information and a super handy app that will make it all simple and easy.
Walking starts January 11th, but we don’t have much time with the holiday. Please sign up now so we’ll know how many more block captains are needed.
AUSD’s teachers and staff are the second-lowest paid in the entire county. Many of our employees have to take on second or even third jobs to support themselves and their families and less than half can afford to live on the Island, with many commuting from faraway communities each day. Every year, AUSD loses nearly 20% of its teachers and staff to other school districts, largely because our neighbors offer higher compensation and stronger benefits.
Our students deserve highly qualified, experienced teachers.
For more information about the Strong Schools for Alameda campaign, visit our website at StrongSchoolsforAlameda.org.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.