Prop. Z School Bond Would Significantly Increase SDUSD Funding

Yesterday the SDEA Board unanimously voted to endorse Proposition Z, a $2.8 billion school bond measure. If this bond measure were to pass, the money would be used for the maintenance and repairs of school facilities, student health and safety (for example removing asbestos from old buildings and putting air conditioning in schools south of I8), classroom technology and software upgrades, energy efficiency (for example solar power, recycled water, water saving plumbing), and ensure buildings are accessible and code compliant (according to ADA guidelines). $30 million of bond money would be used for schools and classrooms. When spread throughout the District, this would equate to $200 per student to spend as each school sees fit. There would be guidelines that each school needs to follow for the expenditure of these funds. The remainder of the $2.8 million would be used for the above mentioned repairs and improvements.

Why support Proposition Z? In 2014, state funds to maintain and repair school facilities will run out. This would mean that the District would be forced to use money from the general fund to pay for such things. If this happens, then the District’s budget will be even tighter and we will likely face even more cuts in the form of staff and salary reductions and classroom necessities because money from the general fund would have to be used for all the above mentioned items covered by Proposition Z.

Who opposes Proposition Z and why? Proposition Z raises the tax rate by an average of $180 per household annually. The measure is opposed by the Taxpayer’s Association, business interests, and most of those on the political right. They argue that it could be be seen as a payoff to construction unions. Some people may also oppose the measure because they believe that the current School Board is untrustworthy and cannot manage the District’s money. However, it is important to note that there will be an accountability and oversight committee of independent citizens monitoring the expenditure of these funds.

Clearly, as educators in the current economic climate, we cannot afford NOT to endorse Proposition Z. We all know how shrinking budgets negatively impact the education of our students.

 

One thought on “Prop. Z School Bond Would Significantly Increase SDUSD Funding

  1. It’s not going to pass. Neither is the governor’s initiative. The public just can’t afford it and the media is making sure teachers are portrayed in the worst light to discourage it’s passage.

    What happened to the things will be better in 2014? What happened to the justification of extending the current contract and giving up all our raises because 2014 was supposed to be BETTER for negotiations?

    Seems to me both the district and the union are setting us up for yet another contract of no raises and furlough days. And probably healthcare take backs added on.

    When will that end?

    There are people getting close to retirement that are getting totally screwed. Our retirement is based on our highest year’s salary. For many at the top of the step and column that salary has been frozen since 2007 and with the furlough days is LESS for the last two years and continues to be LESS. And yet, everything else costs MORE. If our negotiated raises that were just GIVEN away are NOT restored fully in the 2014-2016 contract, how long will we have to wait until we can afford to retire? We don’t get step and column and many cannot afford to pay cost of living increases when paychecks are shrinking every year.

    Don’t give me that golden kick in the pants shit. It was an insult. I’ve done the math. I’ve used the STRS calculator. The union gave away $500 a month for LIFE when they gave away my raise. I have to work until I get that raise. And while I do, I’m on the top of the step and column and costing the district a lot of money. If they want me to retire, that piddly $25,000 isn’t going to do it. So I’ll keep filling a job they’re chomping at the bit to fill with a cheap new teacher. I can wait. I can wait as long as it takes. But the longer it takes the worse it looks. And no, I don’t fell guilty at all. Nor will I be altruistic and step aside so I can live the rest of my life in poverty.

    Ten years without a raise? Is that really what they’re aiming for? How will that look in the media?

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