What is Measure A?

Measure A is an education parcel tax approved by voters in 2010 to provide stable local funding to help protect educational programs in our San Mateo and Foster City schools.  It generates $7 million annually for local schools ($209.92 per parcel annually, approximately $17.50 per month).  No funds can be used for administrator salaries or pensions and funds cannot be taken by the State.

While Measure A provides $7 million, it supports but does not cover the total expenses for the following activities:

  • Preserving quality education by attracting and retaining qualified teachers and staff

  • Maintaining school libraries

  • Providing middle school art programs

  • Providing music programs

  • Supporting programs which will enhance student achievement

  • Providing funding for P.E. programs, student counseling programs, magnet schools

  • Supporting small class sizes in grades 4-8

Thank you to the communities of San Mateo and Foster City for supporting programs that enhance the quality of education in our District.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Educational Priorities & Needs 

Q: What is the issue?

A: Since 2010 San Mateo and Foster City residents have supported local funding to help fund educational programs in San Mateo-Foster City School District. The District is proud to have award winning schools.  Thanks to reliable voter-approved funding our excellent teachers and academic programs are maintained but local funding is scheduled to expire in June 2017.

Q: How does local funding affect educational programs?

A: Without ongoing voter-approved funding, our existing school parcel tax ($209.92 per parcel annually) will expire in June, and our schools will lose $7 million annually reducing the District’s ability to attract and retain quality teachers and maintain academic programs.

Q: Does this funding support every school site?

A: Yes, voter-approved funding supports educational programs in every public elementary and middle school in both San Mateo and Foster City communities.

Q: What are your educational priorities?

A: Educational priorities include:

  • Protecting reading, writing, math and science programs
  • Maintaining quality core academic programs including science, technology, engineering and math instruction
  • Keeping school libraries open
  • Attracting and retaining quality teachers
  • Supporting art, drama, and music programs