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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, 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.

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a parcel tax to attract and retain high-quality teachers

For many years now, AUSD's salaries have lagged behind those of neighboring districts in Alameda County. The current estimate is that despite recent raises, our salaries remain approximately 11 to 13% below the county average and among the lowest in the county overall.

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.  (You can read about this offer in our November 1 press release. )

The 4% increase for the 2019-20 school year was derived from budget reductions and adjustments. If passed, the parcel tax would fund an additional 9% salary increase for AUSD employees. This, in turn, would help AUSD: 

  • 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 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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press releases about the ausd salaries and the parcel tax

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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

FAQ

board presentations

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