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Month: January 2014

It’s That Time Again: Watching the Election Calendar

California Elections Calendar- When and Why (Mystery Education Theater 3000) 2014-01-30 00-11-27

One of the main functions of the West Contra Costa Unified School District is to see how many school bond measures can possibly be passed and then spend the money in as profligate way as possible (“scope-driven”). We have 6 bond measures already and have the highest school bond property tax rate in the State. For the last two bond measures, we’ve been over our debt limit. In my three years on the bond oversight committee, I’ve never heard a peep about requiring more bond funds for any specific school construction needs.

But, Prop. 39 bond season is upon us again, so, naturally, our school board is making noises about yet another bond measure “for the kids.” The survey has already been taken, and it seems, if you phrase the questions right, the (adult citizen) babies are ready to have more candy taken away again. What’s the next step?

This is where an elections calendar comes in handy. You can see that June 3, 2014 is the next election date for a Prop. 39 bond measure. The deadline for filing is March 7. The last regular school board meeting before this is February 26, so look for this meeting as the decisive event leading up to yet another bond election.

Mapping the Spread of Publicly Funded Creationism

Creationism in public schools, mapped. Where tax money supports alternatives to evolution. 2014-01-28 23-40-02 Creationism in public schools, mapped. Where tax money supports alternatives to evolution. 2014-01-28 23-58-01

This is an interesting graphic showing the spread of “tax-funded creationism.” What that means varies, but the actual article details are pretty good about spelling this out. Read about it in: Creationism in public schools, mapped. Where tax money supports alternatives to evolution. from Slate.

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