LETTER FROM ALAMEDA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT GRAY HARRIS
Dear Alameda Community:
We would like to share the truth about the current situation around Open House and the school calendar.
Open House: The Alameda Unified School District believes they are above the law and the contracts they have agreed to. The District agreed that Open House was not to be scheduled in accordance with the teacher’s contract. Whether the District wants to admit it or not, the teacher’s contract states “Open House is cancelled."
A contract is an agreement between the Alameda Education Association (AEA) and AUSD and has never been a demand made by AEA. It is disappointing that this district presumes it can pick and choose when and where to honor its commitments. This has become yet another example of AUSD’s bad faith and disrespect of employees.
Calendar: It has come to our attention that there will be a discussion of next year’s school calendar at the Feb. 14 Board of Education meeting. AEA would like everyone to know that we brought two years of calendar to negotiations last week in an attempt to prevent these late calendar releases that impact families and staff. The District refused to take or read the proposal that was physically on the table. Article 8 of the teacher’s contract includes many things like working hours, faculty meetings, and the calendar.
Here are the calendars from AEA’s Article 8 (2/2/12) proposal. [Click on the document to the right.]
Thank you for your interest in Alameda’s schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact AEA.