School parcel tax vote likely in Portola Valley
Original post made on Jan 17, 2013
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on Jan 17, 2013 at 9:57 am
If I paid $656 per year for 30 years, it would be $19,680 -- far less than the six figure positive effect of our awesome schools on everyone's property values in PV. (And both the tax, and property profit on sale, are deductible for many people, too.)
on Jan 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm
We can see the negative of not funding locally on property values simply by looking at some of our neighboring cities. The price variance is significant, BUT more importantly, the tools provided the kids over the past 8 years has set my children up for success in many ways. $656 is a BARGAIN. I know familes that pay 3 times that just for tutoring services in cities that are coping with unreliable funding. Sacramento is greedy and to count on adequate state funding for local schooling needs is just living with your head in the ground. CA ranks 47th in the country when adjusted for regional differences.......
on Jan 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm
PVSD has plenty of money to run an excellent school. State finances and more importantly property values are at a turning point, but this is actually not even a serious factor in that per pupil spending in PV is at levels well above the CA and nationwide averages.
The real problem in PV is the disconnected and amateur micro-management of the bloated admin and activist board. They like to "play school" at the expense of student learning. More money will only make this worse! The teachers will take their slice and the admin will spend the rest on consultants, "specialists," and more parent employees seemingly hired for the sake of the parents seeking employment rather than for student benefit.
Have the board and admin make an objective plan for measuring effectiveness of even one of their many endeavors- and show the results of that data to prove the achievement of the clearly defined objective - before giving them another dime.