Category Archives for "Deliberate Democracy"

One key part of’s overall strategy is to engage with and use our democratic processes to empower the disabled community.

Model Disability Advisory Commission Resolution

Coming soon. The best way for communities to serve the disability community is to include the disability community in their governance. For communities, a disability advisory commission can be a great way to serve the 20 percent or more of their population who are disabled.

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No Governance of Us without Us

“Nothing about us without us” has been a rallying cry of the disability rights movement since the 1990s. For Deliberate Democracy for Disability Empowerment, it means something more specific: Disability advisory commissions for cities, counties, and other sizable organizations. Disability and Special Education District Advisory Commissions for school districts. Active recruitment and involvement of disabled […]

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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 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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