Unsurprisingly the School Board is making first moves into testing the waters for a new (or renewed) parcel tax to help fund some of the things that AUSD families have indicated are important to them for a quality education. Once of the first steps is, of course, polling. You can look at the full set of the powerpoint at the link, but here are a few slides that I found interesting.
The larger takeaway is that in general people feel as though AUSD (from the District to teachers to quality of education) is doing pretty well. Parents who would best be able to gauge these very specific things overwhelming rate AUSD higher than people who don’t have kids currently at an AUSD school.
However, the larger takeaway is there is still an uphill climb to get the 2/3 majority needed to pass a parcel tax. While a renewal would nearly get there any others structures fall short.
The District and Alamedans that support quality schools, will have a long road ahead to help educate the 13% undecided that the parcel tax money is still desperately needed and that good schools are good for the health of the community as a whole.