Welcome to GO’s School Board Watch for the meeting on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.
This week’s agenda includes the following key items:
- The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018
- Measure AA, The City of Oakland Children’s Initiative of 2018
- Board of Education and Superintendent Work Plans
The Board will hear a resolution which would express support for the The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018. Since the passage of Prop 13 in 1978, California has gone from among the top 10 states in per pupil funding for education to among the bottom 10. This is because Prop 13 significantly limited property taxes, which are typically the main source of education funding for districts nationwide. The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 would close the Prop 13 loophole for commercial properties and provide at least $4.5 billion annually in additional education funds.
The Board will consider a resolution which would endorse Measure AA, The City of Oakland Children’s Initiative of 2018, which will be on the ballot in November, and proposes a $198 parcel tax per single-family home. Currently, the net revenue per student in early childhood education is -$143. If the District continues with its plan to expand services, the net revenue would be even lower at -$957. If Measure AA were to pass in November, the net revenue per student in preschool would increase to approximately $1,300 at scale, according to the provided analysis. This would allow the District to provide higher quality services and expand access to early childhood education.
GO Perspective: GO Oakland Advocates is supporting Measure AA in recognition of the need for more quality educational programming for our youngest Oaklanders and better wages to support early childhood educators, and to bring much-needed resources into our city’s educational programs cradle to college.
The Board will review and vote on work plans for both themselves and the Superintendent. Both of the work plans focus on three key district priorities: Fiscal Vitality, Quality Community Schools, and Organizational Resilience. For more details on the goals that the Board and Superintendent have set for their work this year, check out the Board’s work plan here and the Superintendent’s work plan here.
Until next time!