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Alameda County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
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Students in Alameda Deserve Safe Schools

By Tracy Jensen

Candidate for Council Member; City of Alameda

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When an intent to recall school board candidates was filed in 2009 each candidate submitted a statement.
"All students deserve safe schools". That is the stated goal of this recall campaign. In Alameda we measure how safe our schools are by asking the students. In the last survey more than eleven percent of students in 7th, 9th, and 11th grade said that they had been bullied in the prior year because of their "actual or perceived" sexual orientation. Because of the bullying those students reported that they do not feel safe at school. Like students, teachers in Alameda say that homophobic bullying is a problem.

Sixty-two percent of Alameda teachers asked the School Board to give them curriculum to teach students to respect others. The School Board voted to make schools safer by adopting an anti-bullying curriculum that was approved by the California Department of Education. These lessons will teach elementary students to respect others by focusing on the importance of the family unit and without referring to sexual activity. If the goal of the recall is actually to ensure that "schools provide a safe campus for all students" then this recall is unnecessary because the anti-bullying curriculum adopted by the School Board on May 26, 2009 supports that objective.

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