The Teachers Association of South Pasadena (TASP) strongly feels that Measure S will bring much needed stability to South Pasadena Unified School District’s (SPUSD) finances for the coming years. Despite the passing of Proposition 30, education funding in California is still unpredictable and is far behind the national average. Further, the current parcel tax expires at the end of this school year and many of the programs our educational community values could be eliminated.
Funding education in California is complicated and for a number of years it has been unstable. TASP leadership learned at a recent School Services of California meeting that our state’s economic recovery is, “slow, weak and fragile.” It is true that Governor Brown’s budget proposal allocates new money to school districts; however its distribution is being debated and it is highly probable that SPUSD will not receive a significant increase in funding.
To safeguard against a sluggish economic recovery and uncertain state funding, TASP encourages voters in South Pasadena to invest in our educational community by voting “YES” on Measure S.