The superintendent of Pleasanton's public schools was caught last month using district resources to campaign for Measure G, the school parcel tax. In a memo sent to employees, then distributed through district E-Connect to parents, dated March 24th, Dr. John Casey responds to a document that has been circulating the community. The document details why a parcel tax is unnecessary. According to Casey's memo, the District felt compelled to address misstatements of facts.
While Superintendent Casey's document stopped short of explicitly urging a 'Yes' vote on Measure G it is clear that the style, tenor and timing of his document was designed primarily for the purpose of influencing the voters on the upcoming parcel tax election.
State Education Code, Section 7054:
(a) No school district funds, services, supplies, or equipment shall be used for the purpose of urging the support or defeat of any ballot.
" The Attorney General concluded that although it did not explicitly urge a 'Yes' vote the style, tenor and timing of the document placed by the board of trustees points plainly to the conclusion that the publication was designed primarily for the purpose of influencing the voters at the forthcoming school bond election.' (35 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 112, 114.)"
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