Have you checked your property tax bill lately? Mine already has three bond measures from the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District and the bill insert indicates school districts already get 45 percent of the regular property tax revenue.
Now the district wants to add a fourth bond measure which will include the purchase of iPads which elementary school children will take home. Really? You now need an iPad at home to learn how to think? By the way, who pays for the iPad when the third grader drops it? The parents? Or will your tax dollars be at work?
Why do we continue to roll over and give the district bond money when our bloated educational system refuses to become practical and efficient? For example, why didn’t the district modify the recently completed Foster City elementary school prior to its construction to accommodate the overcrowding? The overcrowding issue has been known for years. And why doesn’t the district adequately maintain what it builds? And why do we need so many school districts on the Peninsula? The education of a third grader in Burlingame shouldn’t differ from his counterpart in San Mateo.
It’s time to demand common sense from our educational system before blindly supporting more bonds. Vote no on P, and vote for more practical people on the school board to replace the wayward dreamers that comprise the current majority.