Argument Against East Side Union High School District $510.000,000 Bond Issue: Measure Z


How greedy can you get?


In 2012, voters in the district passed $120,000,000 in bonds to “Upgrade computer/science labs; improve security/safety; repair, equip, and construct classrooms/facilities district high schools, and adult, alternative, and charter schools; and acquire property for new schools:


Then, in 2014, voters in the district passed $113,200,000 in bonds to “Increase student computer access; upgrade educational software; keep pace with 21st century technological innovations; and implement statewide testing requirements at Andrew Hill, Calero, Evergreen Valley, Foothill, Independence, …”.


Now, they’re back, again, for $510,000,000 to the same thing all over again.


It’s amazing how quickly classroom and technology deteriorate.


That’s a total debt, not including interest payments, of $743,200,000.


The declining student population is down to 22,335 for the 2014-15 school year.


That’s a bond expense of $33,275 per student.


The District wants to replace old fashioned textbooks with laptops and educational software, such as Ebooks.


Sounds great, doesn’t it?


But, if the district isn’t spending money on expensive textbooks, why can’t those savings be used to update technology for both teachers and students?


What the district wants to do is dazzle you with computer technology on the one hand, but then quietly take the textbook savings and redirect that to teacher and administration salaries and benefits.


When you buy a computer that’s going to last for 3-5 years, do you take out a 25-30 year loan to pay for it?  No?  But, that’s what the district wants to do.


Also, those funds will be used to implement the very unpopular “Common Core” testing scheme forced on school districts by the Federal government.


Is this the best use of your tax dollars?


No? Then please vote NO on Measure Z.


You can be for schools, for students, and against Measure Z.


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