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March 2019

At the March Board of Trustees meeting earlier this week, Board President Jennifer Petroff began the meeting with a moment of silence in remembrance of a Lietz family that was touched by tragedy last week. Last Wednesday we received tragic news of the passing of two young children and their mother. The circumstances are still being investigated by the San Jose Police Department, and names have not been released. However, we believe that one of the children attended Lietz. All of us have been affected by this loss and we send our support and prayers to the students, families and staff in the Lietz community.
 
Last month the district held another Joint Community Meeting with Belmont Village Senior Living to discuss the developments plans at the Union School District former corporation yard. The meeting allowed community members to discuss the plans and any concerns with Belmont and the district. You can view the presentation here. Because our district continues to face financial hurdles, new streams of revenue like leasing the corporation yard site and our district extended care program launched at Guadalupe become valuable ways for the district to create funding we can count on. Thanks to the careful planning of our Board of Trustees and the availability of several lease sites and other revenue, we are able to meet our obligations this year. However, in order to maintain our excellent staff and programs in the face of increasing costs, we must also advocate for full and fair funding from the State of California.
 
Our Board of Trustees is among hundreds of other districts that have signed a resolution calling on California lawmakers to fully fund our schools. Across the state, districts, union leaders, parents and students have supported Full and Fair Funding in public education in California.
 
California has the 5th largest economy in the world, yet ranks near the bottom in nearly every measure of school funding or school staffing.

California is ranked 41st in per-pupil spending, 45th in percentage of taxable income spent on education, and 45th in pupil-teacher ratios.

Based on California’s current funding formula, Union School District is one of the lowest funded districts across the state. We are in the bottom 5% in the state.
 
I have been asked by many parents and community on how they can support this effort. We call on our community to advocate for Union School District and students across California and support the Full and Fair Funding of our public schools. Contact your state representative, sign the petition at FullandFairFunding.org, and join us in the effort to provide our future leaders with the high-quality education they deserve.
 
Representative Contact Information (View example language here.)
 
Governor Gavin Newsom
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email Governor Newsom https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/
 
Senator Jim Beall
2105 S. Bascom Avenue #154
Campbell, CA 95008
P: 408-558-1295
E: Beall@senate.ca.gov
 
Assemblymember Evan Low
2011 Stevens Creek Blvd #220
Cupertino, CA 95014
P: 408-446-2810
E: low@assembly.ca.gov