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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Candidato para Miembre de Junta

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Gray Harris

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15,741 votos (21.38%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • 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.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Teacher
Advocate for Public Education, California Teachers Association (2013–current)
Alameda School Board, Gray Harris currently serves on the Alameda School Board and is running for re-election in November 2016. — Cargo designado (2015–2016)
Co-President, City of Alameda Democratic Club — Cargo elegido (2013–2015)
Teacher, Alameda Unified School District (2001–2012)

Educación

UC Berkeley, Mills College Bachelor of Arts, Teaching Credential, Psychology, teaching (2000)

Actividades comunitarias

Member, League of Women Voters (2012–current)
Member, Elk's Lodge (2014–current)

Biografía

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.

 

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (3)

  • Democratic Clubs: Alameda City, Alameda County, EBWPC, EBYD,
  • Alameda Central Labor Council and Affiliates
  • Alameda Education Association (Alameda Teachers)

Funcionarios electos (1)

  • Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Education

Individuos (1)

  • School Board Members: Solana Henneberry, Barbara Kahn

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

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?
Respuesta de 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.

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

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.

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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!

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