I received a leaflet from the PUSD talking about a new local school funding measure saying that:
"After consequtive years of budget shortfalls, there is little to cut but teachers and classroom instructional programs that directly impact the classroom."
Clearly in this fiscal environment pay raises should be cut before cutting teachers and classroom programs - so has this been negotiated so we can successfully pass a parcel tax? If step and column had been cut two years ago I think we would have saved $1.6 or 1.8 million a year x 3 (since it's cumulative), so more than $4 million.
The leaflet says none of the new funding would go towards raises and benefit enhancements, but that's only going to be true if they are frozen because otherwise it's just moving financial pots. But the tax is for 4 years and that sounds like a very long freeze, especially if the budget situation is better before then.
I'd like a parcel tax to pass to support the kids and hope this is a realistic effort.