Members from the Association of Pleasanton Teachers rallied at schools across the city Tuesday in support of California Proposition 55 and local school bond I1 that are on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Joined by school Supt. Rick Rubino, members of the teachers' union said that without this critical funding, the Pleasanton school district could face "devastating cuts" that would reach deep into classrooms where students will certainly feel the effects.
Prop. 55 calls for extending the personal income tax increases on incomes over $250,000 approved as part of Proposition 30 in 2012 for 12 years in order to fund education and healthcare.
A "no" vote would allow the tax increase to expire.
About 89% of revenue from the Prop. 55 extended tax would go towards K-12 schools and 11% to state community colleges. An additional $2 billion would be allocated in certain years to Medi-Cal and other health programs.
Proposition 30, which was to be phased out starting in 2018, has raised about $6 billion per year since it was approved in 2012.
Measure I1 is a $270 million general obligation bond placed on the ballot by the Pleasanton school district's board of trustees. The measure requires approval from 55% of Pleasanton voters to pass.
It would authorize the district to issue and sell bonds of up to $270 million to fund specific school facilities projects in the board approved bond project list. The district’s first in nearly 20 years, the measure would mean a tax of $49 per $100,000 of assessed value for Pleasanton property owners. Unlike a parcel tax, a bond measure has no exemptions for seniors.
The bond project list includes new classroom buildings at Lydiksen Elementary School, 21st Century science labs at all Pleasanton middle and high schools, state of the art classroom technology, new solar structures to improve energy efficiency and cost savings and a new elementary school.