Making a Difference
So, the November election is over. Chances are, like me, you won some, and you lost some. That’s democracy at its finest. I have plenty of friends and co-workers who expressed concern and joy. I’m not here to take sides. Although tempting, that wouldn’t be appropriate.
Please allow me to tell you two good things from November’s election that will directly benefit the Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD). First, Proposition 55 passed. This will provide a steady and more predictable funding stream to public education in California by maintaining the current income tax rate on couples earning $500,000 annually. It has been said that during the down economic years, public education in California can lose up to $4 billion dollars a year. As a reminder, the new California funding model for school districts is called Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). LCFF does not favor more affluent school district communities, like RBUSD. However, Proposition 55 will certainly help us, especially when the California economy struggles.
Second, Proposition 51 is particularly helpful to RBUSD. Proposition 51 will provide $7 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K–12 public school facilities. Another $2 billion will be allocated
to community colleges. The good news for RBUSD is that Proposition 51 does not embrace the LCFF model mentioned above; therefore, RBUSD is likely to realize a few million dollars in 2017. Depending on the process, we may be eligible for even more dollars based on our school district’s growth over the years. We will see.
Since the election is behind us, let me throw this out to you. If you were unhappy with the election outcome, please make a difference locally. Invest in our great Redondo Beach Educational Foundation and/or join our thriving PTA. If you were happy with the election outcome, please make a difference locally. Invest in our great Redondo Beach Educational Foundation and/or join our thriving PTA.
Just remember, the next election for Redondo Beach voters is March 7, 2017.