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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Board MemberAlameda Unified School DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

Alameda Unified School DistrictBoard Member

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (47/47).

About this office

Members establish educational goals and standards, approve curricula and the district’s budget, approve various purchases and renovations, and appoint the superintendent of schools.
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Administrative Law Judge
17,006 votes (23.1%)Winning
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  • Excellence and innovation in our educational programs
  • Collaborative communication
  • Recruit, train, and retain high quality teachers
Profession:Administrative Law Judge for the City and County of San Francisco
Administrative Hearing Officer, City and County of San Francisco (2012current)
University of California at Riverside Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, with a focus on Constitutional Law (not availa)
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (1993)

Jennifer attended public school growing up and graduated from the University of California at Riverside with a degree in Political Science with a focus on constitutional law. In 1993, she graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Jennifer has devoted her 23-year legal career entirely to public service. She is currently an administrative law judge for the City and County of San Francisco, handling cases involving the public benefits of indigent adults.

She worked in the San Francisco City Attorney’s office from 1999 through 2011, first as trial counsel handing child abuse and neglect matters then as General Counsel to the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She also advised the Human Services Commission on matters including but not limited to Brown Act requirements. She drafted legislation for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and other city departments that impacted the most vulnerable populations in San Francisco.

 

In 1996, she argued before the California Supreme Court and won a case that to this day grants juvenile court judges across the state the authority to condition visitation orders for an abusive parent on the perpetrator’s participation in individual therapy to minimize further abuse to the child (In re Chantal S. (1996) 13 Cal.4th 196). She has argued before California Courts of Appeal on many occasions and has numerous published court decisions.

 

Since 2007, she has been a contributing author to the annual legal publication of “Seiser and Kumli on California Juvenile Courts, Practice and Procedure.”

 

 

 

 

  • Jim Meyers, Director, Alameda Health Care District Board
  • Roberta Kreitz, Member, Central Democratic Committee
  • Phil Hu, Alameda Board of Education Trustee
  • Jim Oddie, Alameda City Council Member
  • Rob Bonta, Assemblymember District 18
  • Barbara Kahn, Alameda School Board Trustee
  • Alameda Education Association
  • California School Employees Association, Chapter 27
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • Alameda Labor Council
  • Mike Lamb, 2014 AUSD Teacher of the Year
  • Amanda Cline, 2016 AUSD Teacher of the Year
  • John Dalton, 2015 AUSD Teacher of the Year

"Throughout my life, I have dedicated myself to public service and I take pride in being an active community member. I have worked for over two decades serving the most vulnerable children and families. I see every day what happens when there is no access to a strong public education system. Let's continue to work together for great schools. It would be an honor to serve you on the School Board."

-Jennifer Williams

Appointed Incumbent
15,741 votes (21.38%)Winning
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  • Expanding educational options for students such as career technical education at the high school level and magnet programs at the elementary level.
  • Attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers for our district.
  • Expanding early childhood education programs so that our youngest students start with what they need to succeed.
Profession:Teacher
Advocate for Public Education, California Teachers Association (2013current)
Alameda School Board, Gray Harris currently serves on the Alameda School Board and is running for re-election in November 2016. — Appointed position (20152016)
Co-President, City of Alameda Democratic Club — Elected position (20132015)
Teacher, Alameda Unified School District (20012012)
UC Berkeley, Mills College Bachelor of Arts, Teaching Credential, Psychology, teaching (2000)
Member, League of Women Voters (2012current)
Member, Elk's Lodge (2014current)

Gray Harris is an Alameda Unified School District Board Member who has spent the last 16 years advocating for public school children, teachers, parents, working families and her community. Before recently taking a position as an education advocate for the California Teachers Association, Gray worked as an Alameda elementary school classroom teacher for 10 years. Gray is also the immediate past president of the Alameda Education Association. 

Since being appointed to the Alameda Unified School District Board, Gray Harris has spearheaded implementation of a fair enrollment policy that assists our military families and has created additional career pathways and apprenticeship opportunities for our students.  She also led the fight to adopt policies that ensure local hire and fair wages for work that is done on our schools. She has successfully passed a balanced budget for the school district and has taken a lead on attracting and retaining qualified educators by advocating for smart uses of existing buildings at Alameda Point for low cost employee housing. Gray has also protected AUSD facility space to ensure each student’s ability to attend neighborhood schools.

Gray’s extensive background also includes serving three years as PTA liaison and being a finalist for “Teacher of the Year” in 2012.  She was a member of the School Site Council and taught several afterschool enrichment classes for students.  Gray was instrumental in creating the Maya Lin arts magnet program and was the teacher volunteer coordinator for the School District’s successful 2010 parcel tax campaign.  In 2013, she was selected Woman of the Year by Assembly Member Rob Bonta.

In her current capacity with the California Teachers Association, Gray represents over 2,000 teachers in nine Bay Area school districts where she helps educators maximize their instruction to best serve the students in the classroom.  In addition, Gray focuses on important state legislative work and uses her extensive government experience to help California’s teachers effectively navigate AUSD’s bureaucracy and bring new partnerships to the District. 

Gray earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of California at Berkeley and received her teaching credential from Mills College. Gray also holds an early childhood education degree from the College of Marin.  She graduated with honors from all three colleges.

Gray enjoys being an active member of the Alameda community through the Elk’s Lodge and the League of Women Voters.  She spends time in Alameda’s parks and beaches with her family and lives in a historic Alameda residence where she enjoys preserving the city’s history.

Gray is also the proud mother of a son who graduated from Alameda High School in 2011.

 

  • Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Education
  • Alameda Central Labor Council and Affiliates
  • Democratic Clubs: Alameda City, Alameda County, EBWPC, EBYD,
  • Alameda Education Association (Alameda Teachers)
  • School Board Members: Solana Henneberry, Barbara Kahn
1.
School Spending

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?

Answer from Gray Harris:

The state has implemented a new funding formula called the Local Control Funding Formula or LCFF. The goal is to bring each District’s per pupil funding to the same “target” amount by 2021.  The target amount will bring us back to our 2008 funding levels (pre-recession). While this is a step in the right direction, I am also hopeful that voters will approve Prop 55 on the November ballot to extend the funding stream.

 In addition, each school district is required to create a Local Control Accountability Plan or LCAP to outline how the funds will be used.  The process for creating the LCAP should include all interested parties; teachers, support professionals, parents, students, and community members.  I believe the first thing we should do is ensure that there has been meaningful dialogue and input from all groups on our LCAP.  I would like to see us do more to encourage community input and engagement in the creation of our plan.

I feel fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with 9 school districts in Contra Costa county where I assist them with their LCAPS and analysis of their budgets.  This allows me to have a perspective beyond our own school district, and also allows me to see what works in other districts.

Last school year, I requested two special Board meetings to allow for workshop time on the budget.  We went through our revenues and expenditures in detail to assist the public and the Board with understanding exactly how we are using our funds.  Since these meetings were workshops, community members were able to speak freely and ask questions, rather than being limited to the traditional public comment.

 

This school year, we will form a committee with representatives from each of the groups mentioned above with the goal of devising a plan to bring our employee salaries at least to the median in the county.  Unfortunately, AUSD’s employees have been historically under paid and it is time to correct this if we want to be able to continue to attract and retain excellent teachers.  I believe this will be a fantastic opportunity for the community to participate in determining the spending priorities for the future.

Gray Harris’ plan for Alameda schools centers on providing more educational options for students and families, while maintaining the integrity and quality of education in our classrooms. 

Gray believes that the Alameda Unified School District should be a model for the rest of our county in:

  • how we budget, advocate and collaborate to achieve our core education values like prioritizing the renewal of Measure A which provides $12 million annually to AUSD.
  • creating innovative career pathways so that every student has a chance to graduate college and career ready for opportunities in the trades, public safety, or small business directly following high school graduation.
  • funding early childhood education programs which are proven to dramatically increase the likelihood of academic success and student achievement.
  • offering more local magnet programs in the arts and sciences similar to those provided at Maya Lin.
  • attracting and retaining talented teachers by not only paying fair wages and benefits, but also providing more local incentives such as low-cost housing.
  • providing specialized programs and tools for English Language Learner students and other students who require unique education plans.

 

 

Gray knows is there is more we can do to promote policies that will better prepare our children to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.  She understands that while Alameda is a unique community that is fortunate to already have exceptional schools, our leaders must continue to build upon our successes, collaborate and push for new and innovative ways help our students and teachers.

Elect Gray Harris — October 5, 2016 Gray Harris

Since joining the Alameda Unified School District Board, I’ve fought hard to address some of the unique issues facing our school community. I have spearheaded implementation of fair enrollment policies that assist our military families. Acknowledging the future needs of our students, I have created new career pathways and apprenticeship opportunities. I’m committed to advancing our local economy and have fought for policies that ensure local hire for work that is done on our schools. To ensure we attract and most importantly can retain talented educators, I have advocated for the use of existing historic buildings at Alameda Point for affordable employee housing. I am a 10-year classroom teacher, parent, and education advocate who believes in collaboration and shared decision-making. I would be honored to earn your vote on November 8th. Please visit www.VoteGrayHarris.com for more information!

College Professor
13,189 votes (17.92%)Winning
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  • Build and implement educational opportunities that will meet the needs for all our students and that will provide access to and success in high quality programs.
  • Provide equitable learning opportunities to address the diverse academic and social needs each and every day for each and every student.
  • Recruit and retain the best possible staff to maximize student learning by making our salaries competitive with surrounding districts
Profession:College Professor, Educational Leadership
Assistant Professor, California State University at Hayward (2012current)
Board Member, Social Services Human Relations — Appointed position (20082011)
Superintendent, Alameda Unified School District (20052008)
Alameda Youth Collaborative, Member — Appointed position (20052007)
Assistant Superintendent, Alameda Unified School District (19932005)
Member, Alameda Restoration Advisory Group — Appointed position (19962000)
Co-Chair, Base Reuse Advisory Group Education Subcommittee — Appointed position (19961996)
Principal, Miller Elementary (19901993)
Director, Woodstock Child Development Center (19851989)
California State University at San Francisco MA, Early Childhood Education and Special Education (current)
City University of New York BA, Sociology (current)
University of California at Berkeley Ed. D. , Educational Leadership (2011)
Administrator Performance Assessment , Commission on Teacher Credentialing (2016current)
Board Member, Academy of Alameda (20092016)
Board member, City of Alameda Social Services Human Relations Board (20082011)
Member, Alameda Youth Collaborative (20052007)
Co Chair, Base Reuse Advisory Group Education Subcommittee (19961996)
  • Judy Tam - Community Member
  • Doug deHaan - Former Vice Mayor, City of Alameda
  • C. Richard Bartalini - Retired Judge
  • Sarah Olaes - Parcel Tax Campaign Committee Chair
  • Margie Sherratt, Anna Elefant, Bill Schaff, David Forbes, Mike McMahon, Trish Spencer Former School Board members
1.
School Spending

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?

Answer from Ardella Dailey:

Alameda Unified School District has been recognized for its best practices in implementing the Local Control Funding Formula. With significant participation from all stakeholders, Alameda's Local Control Accountabilty Plan reflects the values of the community.

Consistent and continous evaluation of the Local Control Accountability Plan will ensure proposed outcomes are being met. 

 

Businessperson
10,597 votes (14.39%)
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  • Establish a process to look beyond the test scores and define the inequities in each school through student, parent and teacher engagement making specific improvements a district goal.
  • Examine board policies and procedures for adherence and improvements; focusing on community relations, business and noninstructional operations, and board bylaws.
  • Work with education stakeholders, locally and statewide, to force Sacramento to prioritize education and improve funding to meet the needs of the 21st century student.
Profession:Businessperson
President, Treasurer, Board Member, Alameda Education Foundation — Appointed position (2003current)
Board Member, Alameda Boys & Girls Club — Appointed position (2014current)
Secretary, League of Women Voters of Alameda — Appointed position (20152016)
President, Treasurer, Director, Alameda Association of Realtors — Elected position (20112015)
Measure A Oversight Commitee, Chair 2013/14, Alameda Unified School District — Appointed position (20112014)
San Jose State University Bachelor of Science, Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting (1987)

Please visit my website for  community, professional and personal information and a full list of endorsements and testimonials.

www.Anne4AlamedaSchools.com

  • Delaine Eastin, Former California State Superintendent of Public Education
  • Mrs. Niel Tam, CFO, Alameda resident
  • Ron Mooney, Former AUSD School Board Member
  • Margie Sherratt, Former AUSD School Board Member, Retired Principal-Alameda High School
  • William Schaff, Former AUSD School Board Member
  • Jim Meyers, Alameda Health Care District Board – Director
  • Tracy Jensen, Alameda Health Care District Board – Director, Former AUSD School Board Member
  • Gary Lym, AUSD School Board Member
  • Barbara Kahn, AUSD School Board Member
  • Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Alamda City Council Member
  • Wilma Chan, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 3, former CA State Majority Leader
  • Alice Lai-Bitker, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 3, (retired)
  • Bill Withrow, Peralta Community College District Trustee, Area 1
  • Amber Childress, Alameda County Board of Education Trustee, Area 2
  • Marie Gilmore, Former Mayor of Alameda
  • Evolve
  • California School Employees Association, Chapter 860, Maintenance, Custodial, and Food Service Unit
  • Asian Pacific American (APA) Democratic Caucus of Alameda County
  • Christine Yee, Alameda resident
  • Jean Wagnon, Alameda resident
  • Maureen Shandobil, Alameda resident, REALTOR®
  • John Selbach, Alameda resident, REALTOR®
  • Carla Greathouse, AUSD Teacher
  • Paula Rainey, Alameda resident
  • Alan Pryor, Alameda resident
  • Kirk Knight, Alameda resident, REALTOR® and past client
  • Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda resident, REALTOR®
  • Vivian Ho, Alameda resident, REALTOR®
  • Judy Furuichi, Alameda resident
  • Martin Fong, Retired, Alameda resident
  • Johanne Duffy, Retired, Alameda resident
  • Joseph Devine, Alameda resident
  • Joe Dalipe, Owner, Island Print Express
  • Jane Brown, Retiree
  • Barbara Bolton, Alameda resident, REALTOR®
  • Karen Bey, Alameda resident
  • Brooke Abassi, REALTOR®
  • Sherice Youngblood Mother, Community Volunteer, Social Worker
  • Carolyn Villa, AUSD employee
  • Pam VandeKamp, Parent, San Lorenzo Unified – Principal
  • Page Tomblin, Parent
  • Jen Laird, Parent
  • Karry Kelley, Parent
  • Judy Jaber, Parent
  • Angela Hockabout, Parent
  • Jennifer Hastings, Parent
  • Melinda M Hayes, Retired AUSD Teacher
  • Dan Goldfield, Parent, AUSD Teacher
  • Justine and Kevin Francis,Parents
  • Yvonne Elkins, Parent, Realtor
  • Lynn Christiansen Esquer, Parent
  • Brian Dodson, AUSD Teacher
  • Andy Currid,Parent
  • Jen and Mike Burns,Parents
  • Sylvia Blumberg,AUSD teacher, retired
  • Deni Adaniya,AUSD parent
  • Kathleen C. Woulfe, Alameda Education Foundation – Board Member, Community Supporter
  • Christopher Tam, Parent, Alameda business owner and resident
  • Bill Sonnemon, Retired Principal-Encinal High School
  • Don Sherratt, Retired School Administrator AUSD
  • Courtney Shepler, Parent, Alameda Education Foundation – Treasurer, Measure A Oversight Committee -Former Chair-
  • Vicki Sedlack, Alameda Education Foundation – Executive Director
  • Helen Sause, Alameda Home Team – President
  • Sally Rudloff, N.A.R. National Good Neighbor Awardee
  • Reverend Laura Rose, AUSD Parent and Senior Minister, First Congregational UCC Alameda
  • Deborah Rocha, Alameda Boys & Girls Club Club- Board Member
  • Rosemary Reilly, Alameda Meals on Wheels – Executive Director
  • Shay Phillips, Parent, Decoding Dyslexia CA Regional Leader
  • Sarah Olaes,Parent, Alameda Education Foundation – Enrichment Program Director; Committee Chairperson for Measure B1
  • Frank Munoz, CSEA 860 – President-
  • Kathy Moehring, Alameda Family Services – President-
  • Jeff Miller, Alameda Boys & Girls Club – CEO
  • Steve McAdams, Alameda Education Foundation – Vice-President-
  • Ron Matthews, Alameda Little League – President
  • Bernie Matthews, Alameda Chief of Police – retired, Alameda Boys & Girls Club – Past Chairman
  • Art Lendhart, AUSD substitute teacher, retired businessperson
  • Bob and Tina Kreitz, Retired Superintendent and retired AUSD teacher
  • Julie Hong, Parent, Volunteer Co-Chair for 2011 Parcel Tax Measure
  • Audrey Lord-Hausman, Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth & Families – Administrative Coordinator
  • Reverend Jonathon Leavy, Pathways Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty – Chaplain
  • Walt and Judy Jacobs, Alameda Chamber of Commerce – Past President, Realtor
  • Diane Foster, Alameda Education Foundation – Former Board Member, Former School Teacher
  • Meghan Fintland, Parent, Alameda Boys & Girls Club – Board Member
  • Diane Cunningham Rizzo, Girls Inc – Development and Communications Director
  • Steve Cressy, Alameda Boys & Girls Club – Past Chairman
  • Mike Cooper,Former AUSD Teacher and administrator, Alameda business owner and resident
  • Daniel Chin, Parent, Optometrist, Alameda Education Foundation – Board Member
  • Sean Cahill, Parent, Co-founder AUSD LGBTQ Roundtable
  • Bram Briggance, Parent, Spokesperson for 2014 Bond Measure,
  • Kari Barnes, Alameda Boys & Girls Club – Resource Development Specialist
  • Kari Barnes, Alameda Boys & Girls Club – Resource Development Specialist
Flight Attendant/Parent
8,765 votes (11.91%)
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  • Preserving and expanding innovative programs in math, science, technology, and the arts.
  • Engaging the district to work on class size reduction for all grade levels.
  • Working to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers for our students.
Profession:Flight Attendant, Parent
  • Rob Bonta, Ca. Assembly Member (AD-18)
  • Jim Oddie, Alameda City Council
  • Gray Harris, Alameda School Board
  • Solana Henneberry, President Alameda School Board
  • Alameda Education Association (AEA)
Attorney/Parent
8,144 votes (11.06%)
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  • Maintaining our system of neighborhood schools and small class sizes
  • Attracting and retaining excellent teachers and classified employees through better compensation and benefits
  • Ensuring equity for all students in Alameda
Profession:Attorney
Partner, Boxer & Gerson (2005current)
Pepperdine University Juris Doctor, Law (1992)
Fairfield University Bachelor of Arts, Politics (1989)
Founding Board Member, Kids' Chance California (2012current)
Dennis was born and raised in Connecticut. His parents were blue collar workers and he was the first person in his family to attend college. He moved to California in 1989 and has resided in Alameda since 2007. He is married and he and his wife have a son who attends first grade at Bay Farm School in Alameda. Dennis received his law degree from Pepperdine University and earned his bachelor's degree in politics from Fairfield University, where he graduated cum laude.  Since his admission to the California State Bar in 1992, Dennis has devoted his entire practice to the field of workers' compensation. He is certified as a workers' comp specialist and was recognized as one of Northern California's Super Lawyers by San Francisco Magazine in 2006. Currently Dennis is a Partner at Boxer & Gerson, LLP, a firm which he joined in 2005.
  • Solana Henneberry, President, Alameda Unified School District Board of Education
  • California School Employees Association
  • Alameda Firefighters – International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 689
  • Libby Schaff, Mayor of Oakland
  • Nancy Skinner, former California State Assembly member and current State Senate candidate
  • Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Alameda City Council member
  • David Mitchell, Alameda Planning Board Member
  • Malia Cohen, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 5
  • Teamsters Joint Council 7
  • Operating Engineers, Local 3
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595
  • California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA)
  • Patty Osborne, AUSD Teacher
  • Jennifer Frankel, AUSD Teacher
  • Cindy Frankel, AUSD Teacher
  • Solveiga Rekte, AUSD Teacher
  • Frank Munoz, President, CSEA 860
1.
School Spending

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?

Answer from Dennis Popalardo:
Communication is important. In Alameda, we have an LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) Parent Advisory Committee. I will make myself available to that committee, as well as school site councils, PTA’s, and other community organizations, to answer questions and address concerns regarding the LCAP.  l also believe the LCAP needs to be available in the languages spoken in the community.

Dennis is a progressive Democrat. He believes that the State has an obligation to properly fund education.  In California, we educate one out of eight children in this country, but we are 48th in education spending. He believes this needs to change and he is committed to working with our State representatives to bring about change in this area. He also believes in equity for all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background. 

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