How Could South City Schools Get $8.6M a Year?

The Our Children, Our Future measure could raise more than $10 billion a year for California schools, supporters say. Residents can now use an online tool to find out how much of that money would go to South San Francisco schools.

A tax initiative proposes to raise income taxes on a sliding scale for 12 years on people who make more than $250,000 a year. "Our Children, Our Future" is being sponsored by Southern California civil rights attorney Molly Munger and the California State PTA.

It also is being touted as a better alternative to a new version of what was previously dubbed the "millionaires tax," Prop 30, proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Prop 30 has the backing of the California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers, as well as Assemblymember Jerry Hill.

Just how much would each South City schools get if Prop 38, "Our Children, Our Future" passed? The measure's campaign website has a calculator that gives people a chance to find out the funding amount. For example, the South San Francisco Unified schools would supposedly get $8,695,255 in the 2013-14 school year and $15,125,818 for 2017-2018, if the initiative passed.

Here is a breakdown of how much each school would receive in the 2013-14 school year, according to the website.

El Camino High: $1,475,020

South San Francisco High: $1,585,378

Parkway Heights Middle: $531,054

Westborough Middle: $616,805

Alta Loma Middle: $680,399

Baden High: $137,882

Buri Buri Elementary: $522,224

Ponderosa Elementary: $352,619

Sunshine Gardens Elementary: $363,379

Los Cerritos Elementary: $299,108

Martin Elementary: $399,049

Monte Verde Elementary: $423,870

Skyline Elementary: $358,998

Junipero Serra Elementary: $300,037

According to the Our Children, Our Future campaign, the measure would put 30% of its total revenue toward state education bond debt, 10% toward Early Childhood Education programs and 60% toward K-12 programs. For more on the campaign's methodology in estimating how much each school would receive if the measure passed, see the attached document.

In the comments section, tell us your thoughts on this state ballot measure.

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Jesse M. September 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Also, if our county supervisors used the $160 million that is going toward building a new jail to improve our schools, great things could happen. Instead, they're going to build more expensive cages for those people who could have really used a better education and more social services. Why is society so reactionary?


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