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Measure A Background

Over the last seven years, AUSD has been steadily increasing employee salaries, often by making budget cuts. In 2018, for instance, the Board of Education approved $3.2 million in cuts to programs for the 2018-19 school year in order to provide a 4.5% salary increase to AUSD employees.  Programs reduced or eliminated that year included all-day kindergarten, English language coaches, District Office services, deferred maintenance spending, and various software licenses. (You can find more information about those budget readjustments here.)

In 2019, the Board approved another $3 million in budget cuts and adjustments to provide a 4% raise to employees. 

Despite these raises, AUSD salaries remain about 11% lower than the average of districts in Alameda County. As such, many of our employees have to take on second or even third jobs to support themselves and their families. Less than half can afford to live on the Island, with many commuting from faraway communities each day. (That’s compared to nearly 80% who lived in Alameda less than 10 years ago.) And AUSD loses nearly 20% of its teachers and staff to other school districts annually, largely because our neighbors offer higher compensation and stronger benefits. 

Unfortunately, a 9% salary increase cannot be made from budget cuts alone, as that would significantly and negatively impact our educational programs. Because of that, AUSD believes a parcel tax is the best way to bring employee salaries in line with the county average so as to better retain and attract high-quality employees.

As part of its negotiations process in October 2019, AUSD and the Alameda Education Association (AEA) ratified a Tentative Agreement that provides a 4% raise for 2019-20, plus an additional 1% for 2019-20 and an 8% raise beginning in 2020-21, contingent on the passage of a 7-year parcel tax. These salary increases would bring AUSD salaries in line with the county average.   

At its November 12 public meeting, the Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to put this parcel tax measure on the March 2020 ballot. On December 12, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters informed us that the name of the measure would be "Measure A."

For more information, please see this FAQ