Megan Kirkpatrick: A Silent Recession, Vote Yes on Measure K

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California has the world’s fifth-largest economy as well as the largest number of children living in poverty and highest percentage of English learners in the nation, yet the state of California spends less per pupil than the national average. (EdSource)

In response to the Great Recession, California created a new funding formula to restore school district spending power to pre-recession levels. But the level of funding our schools received in 2008 does not cover the actual growth in what it costs to operate a school in 2018— particularly since recent legislation mandates higher costs. Researchers at WestEd, an education consulting group, call it “a silent recession – which will likely force many [school] districts to make dramatic program adjustments and reductions or risk serious deficit spending, despite overall increases in K-12 funding provided by the state.” Measure K will help maintain the educational excellence our students deserve instead of making those dramatic cuts.

Measure K is a real estate tax of $189 per parcel per year (you’ll find it on page 9 of your ballot this November 6). To pass, it will need to get at least 2/3 of the vote.

As a community, we need to work together to support and ensure a quality education for ALL of our students. Measure K will assist Culver City Unified in ensuring that every student in our schools has access to a dynamic, creative education. So when filling out your ballot, be sure to mark “yes” for Measure K. It’s for our kids.

Megan Kirkpatrick
Culver City

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