The Cupertino Union School District Board of Education has adopted a resolution that authorizes the placement of a parcel tax initiative on the November 2004 ballot. The approval took place during a special meeting of the board held July 31.
The Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) will seek voter approval for a six-year, $98 per-parcel assessment, with an exemption for seniors.
If passed, the revenue raised would be used to attract and retain quality teachers and staff, keep class sizes small, maintain essential educational programs including music and art, and fund programs that enhance student achievement. In addition, all funds would stay in the local community and could not be used for administrator
"We've been considering a parcel tax for quite some time," said Board President Pearl Cheng. "Given our low revenue limit and the uncertainty of education funding from year to year, we feel that we have no choice but to seek help from our community to maintain the outstanding success of our students."
CUSD receives the lowest revenue limit funding out of the 32 school districts in Santa Clara County and is in the bottom 10% of funding statewide. CUSD's revenue limit is determined by a state formula that was benchmarked by the funding received by the district in 1973. At that time, CUSD was a low spending district and the community did not benefit from the high property and corporate tax base that exists today.
Despite its low revenue limit, CUSD has been able to maintain high academic achievement as reflected in the 2003 Academic Performance Index (API). CUSD's District API score is 909 with all schools exceeding the state API target of 800 and 15 exceeding 900.