Mayor Supports Parcel Tax for School District

The state should make an effort to correct inequities between school districts, he said.

Mayor Jeff Ira answers the following questions:

  • Do you support a parcel tax to aid public education in Redwood City?
  • Why did the parcel tax fail in 1993, 2005 and 2009?
  • What are your thoughts on the large differences in funding between districts like Woodside and Redwood City?
Jack Hickey May 25, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Georgia, all my proposals have postulated a tax credit or voucher in an amount equal to half or less of that which is currently expended for public school students. That means that even with the credit or voucher, the cost to taxpayers would be reduced by $5,000 for every child whose parents choose an alternative. I'm betting that a significant majority of parents will make that choice, and, most will find the $5,000 sufficient to cover the costs. Alternative education venues will fill the need in a competitive marketplace. The 20 year phaseout is contained in these excerpts from my Performance Accountability Voucher for Education: d. With an ultimate goal of promoting self sufficiency in families, the Legislature shall provide that initial year funding for this Amendment shall be reduced in equal increments over the following 20 years, at which time all funding will cease. e. Concurrent with the funding reductions in subsection (d) above, the Legislature shall reduce the sales tax and the Gann Expenditure Limit as embodied in Article XIIIb.
Elaine Park May 25, 2011 at 07:06 PM
What about kids with special education needs? Their education costs much more than $5,000. Also what private school costs $5,000? Give us one example!
Jack Hickey May 25, 2011 at 11:20 PM
I said; "Alternative education venues will fill the need in a competitive marketplace." I'm sure their are more than a few entrpreneurs among the teachers out there. Get government out of the way and let them work their skills. Solving the problem of education requires thinking out-of-the-box. That's what I do. And believe me, teachers, parents, administrators and school board members are in a box bound up by the unions, an archaic education code and a myriad of categorical programs! Think education first with schools as only one means. Education is a naturally occurring phenomena. Mentoring enhances the learning process. Parental choice without compulsion is essential to a positive outcome. There are many homes out there which are empty during the day while both parents work and their children are babysat by the public schools. These homes could serve as mini classrooms for neighborhood children. They could actually walk to class!
Steve Hayes May 25, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Elaine is right! - education for special needs kids could easily cost $50K per year per child.
Joan May 26, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Pay me now or pay me later. If we don't pay to educate the children in our own city NOW we will pay later for under-educated and at-risk teens and young adults. It cost a LOT more later. Redwood City schools are bearing an unfair burden of school cuts. There is almost nothing left to cut from the schools yet there is no funding and only more cuts in sight. Redwood City elementary schools feed into the same high school district where the neighboring districts spend twice as much or more per student. It is not fair to the Redwood City students.


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