As a local CPA and business owner, I want to ensure that measures to support school districts are fiscally sound and cost-effective. That is why I am supporting Measure P.
First, it will help relieve the acute overcrowding problems our school district is facing, in both San Mateo and Foster City, by adding school capacity. Other improvements to classrooms and labs will also be completed.
But what is most important to me is the Measure P plan to support 21st-century technology. The state has implemented new, rigorous academic standards called the Common Core. To display their academic skills and knowledge under these new standards, all students will be required to take computerized exams, commencing in spring 2014. To prepare for this profound shift in curriculum and instruction, our schools must be able to provide up-to-date technology to all students, especially those without the means to afford technology in their own homes. The good news is that Measure P is a sound financing mechanism for technology. Short-term technology funding bonds have been used for years to support school districts that have limited funding for such equipment. With strapped general funds due to unstable and unreliable state funding, local sources of revenue have been critical in providing both facilities upgrades and educational technology. In fact, School Services of California recently endorsed this strategy to prepare for the Common Core.
To provide the necessary learning technology to keep our students ahead of the curve, we need Measure P. Please join me and support Measure P.