While we're taking a closer look at school funding issues, bond measure requirements are being challenged by school officials.
This column pertains to a new law, AB195, that went into effect January 1, 2018, which requires bond measures by local governments or school districts to "state the amount of money to be raised annually and duration of the tax to be levied".
The argument made by critics is that the law is too cumbersome, making it "near to impossible to comply with the requirements".
The bill's author, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, is now considering amending the bill.
What we learned from the recent passage of the Kentfield School District parcel tax is that school officials will do most anything - short of demanding pension reform - to get additional money through taxes or bonds.
We all want a good education for our children. We all admire good teachers. But most of us also want to see funds going directly to schools and not to pay for teachers and administrators who no longer work. The system is broken.