School Funding Basics – The mess we are in

There are a lot of questions about how school funding works in California and why our schools are constantly asking for money. 1. Our school districts and local governments are separate. They compete. Schools have 3 funding sources: The state – which treats San Mateo/ Foster City terribly. Funding has just this year returned to… Read More

A Longstanding Discussion of Equity

On September 13, 2018, the San Mateo-Foster City School Board began discussing an Equity Resolution – 6_1_Resolution091819Equity_0 – to address issues in the District.  The Draft Resolution proposes to form an Equity Task Force to assist the District is addressing these issues. The Board will continue their discussion at future meetings or study sessions. I am a strong… Read More

Budget cuts, shared commitment to our students

Budget cuts, shared commitment, shared suffering The San Mateo Foster City School Board is discussing budget cuts if Measure V fails. There are little program cuts here and there, but, basically, the way the district proposes balance the budget is with staff and teacher layoffs. What seems to be lost in this approach is our overall… Read More