You did it! $7.65 Million for Special Needs Kids*

Better education is critical for special needs kids. In California, fewer than 15% of all special needs kids (12.5 percent of the student population – over 300,000 students) are performing at or above grade level (studies estimate that 80 percent or more children with disabilities could perform at or above grade level – a gap […]

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Thank you Foster City and San Mateo

You’ve shown that you care about our community and our schools. Thank you moms and dads and kids. Thank you teachers and staff. Thank you PTAs and administrators. Thank you parents and grandparents and passionate citizens of San Mateo and Foster City and beyond. Over 500 of you sent out over 10,000 postcards to the […]

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More than three hundred thousand dollars lost per school

The cost of failure of Measure V There is a high cost of failure for Measure V. Between $300,000 to $350,000 per school ($7 million per year). Funds our schools have depended on until Measure Y failed in 2017. The damage will be real. Our schools in California are already underfunded. In San Mateo and […]

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19 days until the election

Measure V will provide $10 million per year for the operation of the San Mateo Foster City School District if it passes in November.What seems to be missing in the discussion is the real implication of Measure V failing.Our schools will be losing $7 million per year in funding. This will mean a loss of […]

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School Funding Basics – The mess we are in

There are a lot of questions about how school funding works in California and why our schools are constantly asking for money. 1. Our school districts and local governments are separate. They compete. Schools have 3 funding sources: The state – which treats San Mateo/ Foster City terribly. Funding has just this year returned to […]

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Prisons versus Education – Your Choice

.A year in prison costs California taxpayers $71,000 No one blinks. The cost has risen by $22,000 since 2011 – 30  percent. No one blinks. A parcel tax to raise funding for our local schools by 3 percent in the same eight year period. The screaming begins: Fraud. Crooks. Economize. Scam. I’M NOT SPENDING A […]

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A Longstanding Discussion of Equity

On September 13, 2018, the San Mateo-Foster City School Board began discussing an Equity Resolution – 6_1_Resolution091819Equity_0 – to address issues in the District.  The Draft Resolution proposes to form an Equity Task Force to assist the District is addressing these issues. The Board will continue their discussion at future meetings or study sessions. I am a strong […]

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A 3 percent raise every 8 years

Would you stay in a job if the only raise you got was 3 percent every 7 years? That is what the real increase proposed for Measure V is providing – a $3 million increase to the $7 million 2010 Measure A parcel tax   (the other increases in the parcel tax have been to account […]

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