Residents tell school district: Stay out of our pocketbooks and, oh yeah, keep the city out of them, too

San Leandro school officials are not surprisingly disappointed after it was reported today that a survey concluded not enough residents would support a school parcel tax in the November.

What’s more disappointing about this survey, however, is that it also gauged voters’ support of a public safety parcel tax for the city, and only 53 percent of residents said they would vote for that in November (like the school district, the city’s parcel tax would need two-thirds support).

So what does all this mean? It’s too soon to tell, but I’m sure school officials now aren’t going to be the only ones left scrambling to find some more dough.

(On a side note, it has been widely discussed over the last few months how difficult it would be for both the city and school district to pursue a parcel tax during the same election this year. I guess this is confirmation. Tough break.)


  • J. W. Kyle

    O dear… failing eyesite doe it again…. It waqs in year 2007 AD that enrollemt was recorded at 777 students……(which, as an aside makes it second only to Cherry land in terms of enrollment. The Bond money being spent, at two schools whose year 2007-08 enrollmewnt started at well below 600 students each, that enables me to say that a disproportionately large sum is being spent in one segment of the HUSD District. I Think that after some Fairview students went to Stonbrae in order ro appempt filling up those seats, that only 570 students (or there about) started school year 2007-08 while East Ave was somewhere arround 550.

  • ponee007

    Unfortunately … the less we start putting into schools the more we will pay on the other end … prisons … don’t we spend more on prisons than education?

  • ulno13

    According to the May 2008 Revised 2008-2009 California State Budget, the state spent $59.963 BILLION dollars on K-12 and higher education, not counting additional amounts added by individual school districts or federal dollars, compared with $10.161 BILLION for corrections AND rehabilitation activities.

    If you add in federal funds and additional school district funds, this adds $45 BILLION additional for education, bringing the total to about $105 BILLION for education.

    On the other hand, if you look at the $10.161B figure, you find that over $5B goes to community partnerships, vocational programs, health services, and counseling.

    If you look at the 171,000 prisoners serving time in California prisons, approximately 108,000 are not citizens. Over half are in prison for violent crimes, and 70% have been in prison multiple times.

    So California spendings 20 times more money on education than on jails.

    California does not have a funding problem for education. It has a problem with inefficiency in spending and with a system that provides inadequate motivation for improvements.

  • The_Yakima_Kid

    Perhaps the people are wising up to the incredible waste of money by various government agencies? Perhaps we’ve started to notice that our officials prefer to blather on about federal and state wide issues rather than doing the jobs they were elected for? Maybe we’ve started researching what all those “underpaid” public employees actually earn and compare it to the salaries in the private sector?