That is wrong in my opinion. Why? I was talking to my neighbor, and they said their expenses this year for school related items went up considerably. They had been up until now, giving the money every time they were asked: from registration to countless fundraisers from their 3 schools. They can no longer afford to keep that up. If they donate to CORE, it would be 450 dollars for their family, more than twice what the parcel tax would have been.
My neighbor is a generous person but even they have now started to look at things the way they really are. What is the money for? To finance items that could have been saved had they put a stop to so many expenses that we can no longer afford. My neighbor has not gotten a raise for two years, yet they would have to give money so teachers and other district staff can continue to get raises? My neighbor's spouse for a while saw reduced pay, yet they are being asked for money so someone else (a public employee) can keep the same hours and pay?
The Palo Alto parcel tax passed, but we were wondering how long that would last before they announce cuts to programs over there. Think about Cupertino, with a parcel tax and all they threatened to go up to 30 students in the primary grades. The community has raised more than a million, but again, how long will this keep Cupertino from even more severe cuts?
The reality is: no matter how much money is raised or parcel tax are implemented, the school districts will find a way to spend it all and cry that it was not enough, that they need more. Palo Alto is a perfect example of that.
California is bankrupt because of the public sector. They refuse to see that times have changed and we cannot afford to keep all their benefits and pensions. We all saw our 401Ks go down, we deal with it, why should public employees get to keep their pensions intact when it was their union who speculated in the market as well?
PUSD should not rely on CORE or on any money from the community. They need to stop the raises, freeze step and column, they need to understand that the recession is far from over, and that we are not their ATM machine.