While there will be no controversy over school board candidates for the upcoming election, there is already conversation starting about Measure K, the parcel tax on the November ballot. With so much on the ballot, CCUSD does not want this important vote overlooked. Supporters gathered September 7 at the home of Board President Anne Allaire to answer questions and organize support.
Lawn signs were available, and President Allaire, PTA President Meghan Rawls and Board Member Dr. Steve Levin addressed the crowd with their enthusiastic support and plenty of facts in regard to school funding. “I support it because I understand the funding woes we have here in California.” Allaire also focused on information from former school board member Sue Robins, who relocated to Portland, Maine. Working with a school district roughly the same size as Culver City, Robins noted that their budget was twice what CCUSD has to work with.
Allaire spoke about California’s long term educational funding challenges, “We are trying to fix a statewide problem at a local level.”
“Talk to the people who are moving in here, and you will hear that they are moving here for the schools. It’s great to have Apple, to have Amazon Studios, to have all these big companies coming to Culver City. but without the schools, were are [just like] Century City.”
California is currently rated 45th out of the 50 states in school funding, and budget shortfalls for the current CCUSD School Year are projected at more than $6 million.