For about two dollars a week, you can raise 93 million dollars to save 174 elementary arts educator jobs (preserving the Program at current levels), 361 custodial jobs, 75 health service positions, 80 classroom aide positions, and 140 secondary core teaching positions. Schools would have an additional $44 million (due to State matching funds) to preserve even more jobs than this. Although we wish we were not in the position to have to depend on this measure to save our jobs, this is an advantage of local taxation: you know exactly where the money is going. I could even tell you the names of the dance, music, theater and visual arts teachers whose jobs would be saved. When do you have that kind of accountability with your taxes?
Another Rationale: Providing our schools with adequate resources for safety, supervision, and of course arts instruction for all children are an incentive to keep kids in public schools, meaning even more jobs will be preserved.
Please vote YES on Measure E, June 8th!
Here is Steve Lopez' May 18 article in favor of the Parcel Tax: