Last Friday, AUSD released, some might say finally released, information on the pay and benefits of AUSD employees. (I converted the pdf to a spreadsheet so folks can play with the data). The average teacher salary is $62,000 a year…
What a long, strange spring. One week on from the final vote count, I wanted to give a huge shout out to the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds (likely over 1000) of volunteers who helped make the effort such a…
At that moment, City Manager Ann Marie Gallant summed up the difference as “the problem is the intent and the initiative language are two different things, and we opted to go with what the initiative language says.”
A few months ago, our community was called to action to support tolerance and respect for all people. Thanks to you and many others, there is no doubt about where our community stands on issues of compassion and tolerance! However, work remains to be done.
Tomorrow (Tues) is the first hearing in the Lesson 9 court case, one of the two efforts to allow parents to avoid having tolerance for gays/children of gays taught to their children. Of the two efforts, the lawsuit is the less pernicious in my mind, though still depressing.
At the end of last week, Bill O’Reilly sat down with Fox news anchor Megyn Kelly to discuss the Alameda school “Lesson 9″ issue. What we heard was, well, almost unbelievable.
Dennis Evanosky has some great coverage of the S.E.R.V.E. meeting and claims therein. Rather than falling into the trap of thinking that journalism entails telling two sides of a story and leaving it at that, something we see a lot of in local news coverage, Evanosky digs a little deeper into one of the key claims of the Anti-LGBT recallers:
A little over three weeks ago, we learned about the efforts of 10 people who have started a recall effort of a majority of the school board. Since that time, their numbers have swelled to “about three dozen.” Lauren Do highlighted what appears to be glaring disingenousness within the movement yesterday.
news has broken that the Pacific Justice Institute, the defenders of “religious freedom” (often known as insisting that their version of religion be taught to others, see: Intelligent Design), has filed a lawsuit against AUSD. This is being done in conjunction with Alameda parents who don’t want their children to be taught to be compassionate to people who are gay (not teaching that kids should be consider being gay, just that families exist who have gay members and you shouldn’t bully them).