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Editorial: 10 Reasons why Palo Alto should vote “Yes” on Measure A

Measure A

Palo Alto Pulse occasionally takes a stand on issues that are essential for our community to grow and thrive.  Measure A- the 2015 parcel tax renewal– is an effort that deserves support from every facet of the Palo Alto community.

In a recent review of over 14,000 public high schools, Niche.com rated Gunn High School as one of the top 100 schools across the country, and gave Paly an A+ rating. Measure A is crucial for ensuring that PAUSD’s reputation for excellence continues.

The parcel tax, which currently generates $13 million in local funding, needs to be approved by at least 66% of Palo Alto voters every five years or the revenue goes away. In 2010, almost 79% of voters cast a yes ballot for the parcel tax renewal.

Ballots for the 2015 parcel tax renewal- Measure A- are being mailed to Palo Alto homeowners during the week of April 6th, and need to be postmarked by May 5th in order for votes to count.

Here are ten reasons to mark your ballot ‘yes’ for Measure A: 

  • Palo Alto youth and adults gathered recently at Mitchell Park to discuss emotional health for students. Photo by Paly Voice.

    Palo Alto youth and adults gathered recently at Mitchell Park to discuss emotional health for students. Photo by Paly Voice.

    PAUSD students need social emotional support: Measure A includes a small increase ($120 per property per year) that will allow PAUSD to improve and expand its programs that focus on social and emotional support for students. In a world of academic pressure and stress, we should get behind every effort to help Palo Alto students thrive, including staff for counseling and psychological services.

  • High school electives, STEM programs and more: The parcel tax helps pay for high school electives that spark career interest for students, along with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs that prepare kids for careers of today and the future.
    Palo Alto students learning engineering skills. Photo by Jennifer Apy of Tynker.

    Palo Alto students learning engineering skills. Photo by Jennifer Apy of Tynker.

To learn more where the money comes from in Palo Alto schools, check out this resource from Palo Alto Pulse: How Does School Funding Work in Palo Alto?

Look for your Measure A ballot and vote yes by May 5th to ensure continued excellence for all Palo Alto public schools.

About the author

Victoria Thorp

Victoria Thorp

Victoria is the founder and editor of Palo Alto Pulse and has lived in Palo Alto since 2007. Victoria's diverse professional background includes working as the editor of GreatSchools.org , as a senior writer for KIPP and Teach for America, and as a radio producer for City Visions on KALW (91.7FM San Francisco). She is a graduate of Leadership Palo Alto and a member of the Palo Alto Partners in Education Advisory Board.

She has a BA in English from Tufts University and Masters in Education and Secondary Teaching Credential in English from UCLA.