VIDEO. Sean McPhetridge, CUSD Superintendent, explains what will happen as the school budget goes into the red, in the next year. Even if the Measure I parcel tax passes (renewing $1.6 million), there will be a $2.4 million shortfall. 84% of budget is personnel.
If the CUSD board does not make enough cuts, the county will take over, the board will be retired, CUSD decisions will be made by San Mateo County Board of Education.
That shortfall approximates the salaries of 20 employees.
In Redwood City, last year, they closed 4 schools.
The Board will have some hard decisions in December.
Yet we will spend $88,000 per prisoner in California, and only $11k for CUSD.
Corporations are the end user of California’s schools. They need to pay for schools. Parcel tax is unfair. Neighborhoods are not equally wealthy and that inequality is exacerbated by poorly funding poor neighborhoods. The prison industrial complex needs to be turned into institutions of recovery and learning.
Its report found “California ranked 41st among all states in spending per K-12 student after adjusting for differences in the cost of living in each state.” It used data from the 2015-16 fiscal year.
California schools spent $10,291 per K-12 student that year, or about $1,900 less than the $12,252 per student spent by the nation as a whole, the report said. Notably, California’s per student spending was up about $2,000 from the 2012-13 fiscal year, when the state ranked 50th in the nation.
How much does it cost to incarcerate an inmate? $81,203
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