Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How are Los Altos School District schools doing?
A. LASD schools are among the top 5 in the state, with strong core academic programs and world-class teachers. In fact, our District consistently ranks in the top 0.5% of more than 1,000 districts across California and our students consistently score in the top 1% on achievement tests. Our local schools are an integral part of our community and continue to draw new families to our neighborhoods.
Q. How does local funding contribute to the excellent education in our schools?
A. Our community has a history of supporting our award-winning schools with locally controlled, voter-approved funding that cannot be taken away by the state. This critical local funding has supported the core academics, highest-quality teachers and innovative classroom programs that keep our schools among the top 5 in the state. Unless renewed by local voters, this source of funding is set to expire.
Q. How does Measure GG protect academic excellence in local schools?
A. Measure GG renews critical local funding that is imperative to an excellent education for all local students by:
Q. Can’t we rely on the state to fund our schools?
A. We unfortunately cannot rely on the state to provide adequate funding to support the level of academic achievement we have come to expect in LASD schools. State funding for our District is already down nearly 50% from pre-recession levels, and another 30% is set to expire in the next five years. Our schools and students are counting on Measure GG to continue a critical source of locally controlled funding before it expires.
Q: Would the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Finance (CACF) continue to oversee all Measure GG expenditures?
A. Yes, the CACF ensures local control over local funding in our District so that all funds are spent as promised. The Committee will review every penny, including funding allocated to Bullis Charter School, in order to ensure strict fiscal accountability. By law, no funds would be spent on administrator salaries and the CACF will make certain every penny supports core academics, world-class teachers and educational programs critical to an excellent education.
Q. Would all funds benefit all public elementary and junior high schools students in LASD?
A. Every penny from Measure GG benefits local public schools and is controlled locally. None of the funds can be taken away by the state.
Q. I don’t have any kids in school. Why should I vote Yes on GG?
A. The strength of our community reflects the strength of our schools. By keeping our schools among the best in the state, we help maintain high property values in our area, as demonstrated in the consistent flow of new families into our District. Nine out of ten parents report that they moved to LASD for the public schools.
Q. Would seniors continue to be eligible for an exemption?
A. Yes. All homeowners 65 or older will continue to be eligible to receive an exemption from the cost of Measure GG.
Q: Does LASD manage its budget well?
A: LASD operates with low administrative costs. The District is consistently ranked among the top 5 in the state in terms of student test scores, but only employs half the number of administrators recommended by the state for a district its size. Our District has received numerous awards for excellent budgeting and fiscal management.
Q: When can I vote Yes on GG?
A: Measure GG will appear on the November 8, 2016 ballot. Absentee voters should expect to receive their ballots in the mail the week of October 10.
Q: What level of support is required to pass Measure GG?
A: At least 67% of those voters who cast a ballot on Measure GG must vote Yes in order for victory. That is why we count on local community members to volunteer their time and donate to our grassroots campaign. We can’t win without a dedicated grassroots campaign team.
Q: When is the deadline to register to vote?
A: The deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday, October 24.
To register to vote please visit RegistertoVote.ca.gov.
Q: When is the deadline to request to vote by mail?
A: The deadline to request to vote by mail in this election is Tuesday, November 1.
To request to vote by mail click here.
Q: What if I lost my vote-by-mail ballot or I never received it?
A: If you are an absentee voter who did not receive your ballot the week of October 10, call (408) 299-8640 to request a replacement right away.
Q: How do I find my polling place?
A: Click here to find out where you can vote on November 8.