California schools rank in the bottom 10 in the US by virtually every metric. We've slipped from a top 10 state to where we are through decades of selfishness and neglect. This affects all of us. Just like climate change, healthcare, transportation, housing, public safety, disability, immigration everything affects everyone - the list goes on and there is a lot that needs to be done.
There are 7 education support initiatives on the 3 March 2020 ballot - Measures J, K, L, M, N, O, and P. There are 4 bond measures and 3 parcel taxes to maintain and improve facilities at schools and increase salaries and add staff resources.
In 2018, over 500 parents, teachers, administrators, elected officials, and community members worked together to lead a postcard campaign in support of Measure V for the San Mateo Foster City School District. The measure passed. But, because parcel taxes and bonds need 2/3rds and 55% of the vote, respectively...
We all saw this last year when Redwood City's school parcel tax failed by just 74 votes.
Our schools, and our neighbors schools can't afford this. Redwood City was struggling and already had to close 4 schools. Who knows what comes next?
We'd like your help to pass all 7 education support measures across San Mateo County.
And it just takes a couple of minutes:
If you want to do more for our Peninsula community, you can work with the individual campaigns or join our county-wide postcard campaign.
If you have even a couple of hours over the next several weeks, we would welcome your help. We have standard directions so you can easily run your own Postcard Party, , hostm host a Post Card table at a farmers market, school, or other public location, or, if you'd rather work behind the scenes, we would welcome help making and distributing postcard packages, organizing activities in our different local communities, reaching out to groups and organizations, or helping us with social media and outreach - and probably a bunch of other things. Just shoot me an email or add a note in the form and I'll get back to you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our schools need all the support we can give. They should always come first when we think about tax and spending. There is no reason that California, and especially the Bay Area, one of the most expensive places to live, has schools that are struggling and underperforming. We must do what we can to better our schools so our kids can compete with the rest of the world.
We need all hands on deck. Thank you for your work!