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Measure A (2020)

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salary history

Over the last seven years, AUSD has been steadily increasing employee salaries Most recently, 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 included all-day kindergarten, English language coaches, District Office services, deferred maintenance spending, and various software licenses.

Despite this, AUSD salaries remain about 11% lower than the average of districts in Alameda County.

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In addition to measures meant to increase salary for employees, AUSD has been exploring ways to decrease living expenses for employees. For instance:

a) Through a 2018 partnership with the City of Alameda and the Alameda Housing Authority, AUSD employees now get extra preference when they enter the lottery for to lease AHA affordable housing.

b) Since 2017, AUSD has been looking into building affordable housing units at Alameda Point, the former Naval Station, for district employees . The current proposal is to build 70 apartment units at Site A, each of which would be 1 - 3 bedrooms. The hope is that supplying affordable housing on the island will help us retain more employees. Proposed designs for these units are available in this presentation given to the Board of Education on October 17, 2019.


Maintaining high performing schools is a priority for our island community, but in order to keep our schools strong, we need to continue attracting and retaining highly-qualified teachers who can provide exceptional support to our students.

Currently, AUSD teachers and staff are among the lowest paid in the county. 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.

The reality is that, 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.

And that's not ok.

AUSD has explored a number of different options to improve compensation over recent years and continues to look for every way possible to give our employees the salaries they rightly deserve. This page provides an overview what we have done so far and what further efforts we are making.

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parcel tax to attract and retain high-quality teachers

Over the last several years, it has become increasingly clear reducing AUSD's budget by 11% to give an 11% raise is not viable, as it would negatively impact educational programs.

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 parcel tax. These salary increases would bring AUSD salaries in line with the county average.  (You can read about this offer in our November 1 press release. You can find more details on the parcel tax process in 2019 on this parcel tax timeline.)

The 4% increase for the 2019-20 school year was derived from budget reductions and adjustments. If passed, the parcel tax could be used to:  

  • Attract and retain excellent teachers and employees
  • Sustain strong instruction in core academic programs like reading, writing, math, arts
    and sciences
  • Support teachers and counselors in keeping students on the right track
  • Make teachers’ and employees’ salaries and benefits competitive with neighboring districts
  • Attract teachers in hard-to-fill areas, such as Special Education and Mathematics
  • Help teachers and counselors prepare students for 21st-century jobs and careers

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. 

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measure a ballot language

"To support all Alameda students and maintain high-quality Alameda schools by attracting and retaining excellent teachers and employees, sustaining strong academic programs in reading, writing, math, arts/sciences, and helping counselors support struggling students, shall an Alameda Unified School District measure, levying $0.265 per building area square foot (capped at $7,999 per parcel) and $299 per vacant parcel annually for 7 years, be adopted, raising $10,500,000 annually with senior exemptions, audits, oversight, and all funds staying local?"


Full ballot materials

board presentations

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press releases 

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