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May 23, 2018 CUSD BOT Meeting Agenda Item #4 DONATIONS OF FUNDS AND EQUIPMENT

Board Agenda page 5

Board Audio: None

Total Donations $315,359.48

THIS ITEM WAS PASSED ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR WITHOUT DISCUSSION

 

CUSDWatch Comment

CUSD Receives $3.5 - $4 million per year in donations.  

THE ONLY THING CUSD PAYS FOR IS EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION

Employee compensation is 89% of CUSDs' total budget.

The increased cost of CalPERS and CalSTRS will be over 11% of the budget by 2021. 

CUSD raises $4 million per year through fundraising and donations... not for programs that are above and beyond what CUSD is constitutionally required to pay for out of the half billion dollars we all ready pay to the state in taxes.

Taxpayers are being forced to pay twice for a minimum education for students, so that the entire budget can go to employee compensation.

Relying on fundraising and donations to pay for core educational programs creates wealth based inequities within the district that are not legal, and violate the constitutional rights of those school children who's parents cannot afford to provide them with the same educational opportunity.

The continued lack of adequate funding has resulted in a notable decline in the academic performance of ALL students across ALL demographics.

The Greed of PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS has taken the California Public Education System from Number One in the world, to 46th in the Nation in math and 44th in the Nation in English. 

CUSD Employees have received 5- consecutive years of across the board compensation increases totaling over $150 million. CUSD has the money to pay for core educational items, but as long as we are volunteering to pay- they give the money to employees.

Using one-time money to pay for on-going core educational programs creates wealth based inequities within the district that violate the Civil rights of students. Students whose parents cannot fundraise for these programs go without. 

When parents are forced to fundraise for core educational programs that the district is constitutionally and statutorily obligated to provide (year after year... after year), it becomes a tax upon the public. A new tax for a service that the State/District is already constitutionally obligated to provide. Such taxation is a "Double Tax" and is "taxation without representation". 

See: Fundraising for Core Educational Programs

CUSD has a statutory and constitutional obligation to fund all Core Educational programs as identified in Education Code Section 51210 and 51220 BEFORE spending money on employee raises.

Grade K-6

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Science
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Health
  • Physical Education

Grade 7-12

  • English
  • Social Sciences
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Applied ARts
  • CTE
  • Driver Education