YES ON MEASURE S
Citizens for a Better Education in Oak Grove School District
YES on Measure S
Citizens for a Better Education in Oak Grove School District knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. We are a group of volunteer parents, staff, and community members working together to support the Oak Grove School District. Most public schools in California are facing a huge budget crisis due to declining enrollment and escalating costs. Our committee is focused on raising awareness so that Oak Grove School District can pass a local funding measure with a parcel tax this upcoming MARCH 2020.
LOCAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT
IN OAK GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT - YES ON MEASURE S
Oak Grove School District provides an excellent education that prepares students for high school, competitive colleges and 21st-century careers. This is possible thanks to strong academic programs, excellent staff, high-performing students and a supportive community.
About a Parcel Tax Measure
To protect the quality of education and instruction in our local schools, the Oak Grove School District Board of Trustees provided consensus to place a parcel tax measure on the March 2020 Ballot. More information on the measure can be found here. By retaining and attracting the highest-quality teachers and staff, we can improve student achievement and continue providing an excellent education to students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How are Oak Grove schools performing?
A. Oak Grove School District focuses on strengthening the fundamentals of a quality education and helping students achieve the highest standards. We continue to outperform the State. Thanks to 21st-century academic programs in math, science, reading, and writing, as well as highly qualified teachers, student test scores are above the State’s standard for excellence. Recently, two of our Intermediate Schools Bernal and Herman/AdVENTURE were named California Distinguished Schools and we were awarded the “Golden Bell” award from California School Board Association.
Q. Why do Oak Grove schools need more funding?
A. Our district continues to face ongoing funding challenges, as our schools are among the lowest funded schools in Santa Clara County. The State has proven to be an unreliable partner in providing adequate funding to support the level of academic achievement we have come to expect in Oak Grove School District. A local funding measure creates a stable source of annual revenue that schools can count on to help support academic programs and retain teachers.
Q. How is the Oak Grove School District planning to protect quality education in our schools?
A. To continue providing 21st-century instruction that prepares students to excel in high school and college and compete in the global economy, the Oak Grove School District Board of Trustees is considering a local parcel tax measure on the March 2020 ballot. The measure would provide locally-controlled funding that would stay here in our community to maintain an outstanding 21st-century education. No funds from this measure could be taken away by the State.
Q. Specifically, what would a local funding measure support in Oak Grove schools?
A. A local funding measure could improve education, student achievement, and safety in neighborhood schools by:
• Hiring, retaining and training high-quality teachers;
• Maintain class sizes;
• Expanding math, science and technology education;
• Ensuring adequate student supervision and safety through appropriate staffing; and
•Providing physical education programs.
Q. How do I know that these local funds would be spent as promised?
A. A potential measure would require fiscal accountability provisions including:
• All funds must stay local to benefit OGSD schools and cannot be taken by the State
• An independent oversight committee would review expenditures to ensure funds are spent as intended
• Senior citizen homeowners would be eligible for a tax exemption
• The measure would expire in 9 years and could not be renewed without voter approval
Q. Could this funding be taken away by the State?
A. No. All funds generated by this measure would go straight to Oak Grove School District schools – the State could not take away a single penny.
Q. Do other elementary school districts have local parcel taxes?
A. Most elementary school districts in Santa Clara County are supported by local parcel tax measures because these measures are the only way schools can fund academic programs with stable, locally-controlled revenue. The State is an unreliable partner and does not provide sufficient funding to maintain the 21st-century academic programs that prepare our students for success. Through a local parcel tax measure, our community could help our schools provide students with a strong education like our neighboring communities.
Q. How much would the measure cost?
A. The measure would cost $132 per parcel and generate approximately $3.4 million a year. The measure would expire in 9 years and could not be renewed without voter approval. This exceptional investment for our students would only cost $11 a month.
Q. When will the measure appear on a ballot?
A. This measure will appear on the March 2020 ballot. All registered voters in the Oak Grove School District will be eligible to vote on the measure. Make sure you are registered to vote, the last day for voter registration is February 18, 2019. www.registertovote.ca.gov
Q. What is the difference between a parcel tax and a bond measure?
A. A bond measure and parcel tax measure are used for different purposes—a bond measure can only fund facility upgrades and improvements, and cannot be used for operating costs or programs. No bond funds can be used for hiring or retaining teachers or staff. A bond requires 55% voter approval to pass. Revenue from a parcel tax, may be used to support academic programs and services as well as to support attracting and retaining the best teachers and staff for our students. A parcel tax requires 67% voter approval to pass.
Q. How can I receive more information or ask questions?
Making A Difference
Join us for our weekend "Honk and Waves", neighborhood Coffee Hot Spots or our door to door outreach. January 26th, February 1, 15, and 29. We will be in 5 locations throughout the District. Sign-up on the volunteer link.
Measure S Endorsements:
Oak Grove Educators Association
Dominic Rizzi - President, Oak Grove Educators Association
California Schools Employees Association
Charles Baylot - President, CSEA Chapter 412
Manny Barbara - Former Oak Grove School District Superintendent
Sergio Jimenez - San Jose City Councilmember District 2
Ash Kalra - Assembly Member 27th California Assembly District
Evan Low - Assembly Member 28th California Assembly District
Peter Ortiz - Board Member, Area 6 Santa Clara County Board of Education
Joseph Di Salvo - Board Member, Area 4 Santa Clara County Board of Education
Claudia Rossi - Board Member, Area 7 Santa Clara County Board of Education
John Mackey- Board President, Oak Grove School District
Jorge Pacheco Jr. - Board Vice President, Oak Grove School District
Mary Noel - Board Member, Oak Grove School District
Brian LoBue - Board Member, Oak Grove School District
Tami Moore - Board Member, Oak Grove School District
Lorena Chavez, East Side Union High School District
Jose Magaña, Trustee, San Jose Unified School District
Kristiina Arrasmith, Vice President, Campbell Union High School District
Maimona Afzal, Vice President, Franklin-McKinley School District
Devon Conley, Vice President, Mountain View-Whisman School District
Maya Esparza, San Jose City Council, D7
Magdalena Carrasco, San Jose City Council - D3
Rosemary Kamei, Trustee, Santa Clara County School Board
Corina Herrera-Loera, Trustee, Alum Rock School Board
Marisa Hanson, Trustee, Evergreen School District
Jon Reinke - Chairperson, Oak Grove Citizens Bond Oversight Committee
Sarah Kates-March - Principal
Margarita Mendoza - Parent and Community Organizer
Augusto Letona - Parent
Lorena Wright - Parent
Mark Judge - Grandparent
Andrea Judge - Retired OGSD teacher and grandmother
Brenna Juull - Teacher
Tracy Cochran - Principal
Rebecca Munson - Frost Elementary First Grade Teacher
Tamara Lynn Unck - Principal
Felicia Garlick - Parent
Sergio Rizzi - EdTech TOSA
Mari Beal - Parent and Sakamoto Elementary DAC Representative
Susan Sanders - Grandparent, Retired Educator
Nicole Barron - Teacher
Johnette Rutledge - Parent
Jacquelyn Adams - Community Member, Grandparent, Past Member Board of Trustees
Forrest Williams- Grandparent
Erin Eckland - Parent
Walter D. Sanders- Community Member, Grandparent
Rebecca Noriega - Parent
Bruce Neff - Teacher (EdTech Specialist)
Jackee Keirns - 8th Grade History Teacher
Robert Prola - Teacher & Parent
Susan Kind - Principal
Lauryce Haney - Principal
Todd Haney - Community Member
Julie Cordy - 1st Grade Teacher
Anne Sanfilippo - Teacher
Madeline Marshall - Teacher
Kirat Sachdev - Teacher
Dawn Tsiao - Teacher
Ivan Chaidez - Assistant Superintendent
Cindy Bosworth - Education Specialist
Jenay Enna - Principal
Sheetal Singh - Principal
Melissa Kunde - Teacher
Patricia Mondragón - Principal