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Ready for a New Local Parcel Tax, Moraga?

Superintendent Bruce Burns lays out the argument for a new local parcel tax in the latest issue of MSD School News.

Moraga School Superintendent Bruce Burns states pretty clearly that Moragans are facing a parcel tax in their future as cuts in education funding take their toll on local schools.

In a message titled: "The Time Has Come for a New Local Parcel Tax," Burns makes his case in the most straightforward possible manner in the January issue of the school district newsletter.

"The MSD has reached a crossroad where an ever increasing gap between revenue and expenditures necessitates taking local control to ensure we can continue to provide our students a quality educational experience," Burns writes. And it is to that end, he continues, that the district's governing board intends to vote on a parcel tax resolution for a May 2012 parcel tax election at its January 10 meeting.

Burns bases the district's rationale for calling for a new tax on three main factors:

  • State reduction of per-student funding (more than $1,200 per student over the past three years)
  • More than $1.2 million in district wide cuts since the 2007/08 school year
  • District dependence on support from the Moraga Education Foundation and school PTAs to fund valued programs

"The quality education we are so proud of has become more challenging to provide," Burns wrote. "The State's structural deficit has significantly impacted our schools and is chipping away at the quality we strive for in educting our future surgeons, judges, engineers, teachers, musicians, software developers, and community leaders."

TMoraga January 06, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Lets talk books shall we? Schools have no way to recover funds for lost or damaged books this can total in the thousands of dollars in replacement costs for a single subject. If you have 4 teachers covering a subject and for the entire year the only money they have for supplies is $400 total - where exactly does the $1000 come from to replace the missing and damaged books so the next group of kids have a book? These are real issues! Talk to any teacher about them and the teacher will be more than happy to explain it to you.
TMoraga January 06, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Also how many of you spend $400 of your own money to supply your office with paper, and other basic supplies so when a kid walks into the room with nothing to work with - generally by design ie intentional you can at least get them busy and on track with paper and a pen?
Therese Meuel January 06, 2012 at 05:33 AM
TMoraga in our school disrict, and I'm sure all Lamorinda schools, we get a list of supplies and bring them to school. I can't speak to other districts but the proposed parcel tax only efffects us. As for books my recollection is you are expected to pay for any lost textbooks, hence my ragging at my child to make sure she doesn't lose or destroy hers. Another exmaple of the local parents already "supporting" our schools!
X January 06, 2012 at 07:57 AM
TMoraga - But they want to collect Social Security benefits. In fact, the union is constantly trying to get the Feds to repeal GPO and WEP.
TMoraga January 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Not all parents are like you Therese and till your actually the one looking at the budget for the class you have no idea - do you?

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