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