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Fund College/Career Readiness
Oakland Unified School District
Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required
Pass: 73905 / 76.57% Yes votes ...... 22620 / 23.43% No votes
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|Results as of Dec 28 11:38am, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (269/269)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
To reduce the drop-out rate and provide Oakland high school students with real-world work and learning opportunities; prepare students for admission to the University of California and other four-year colleges; expand mentoring, tutoring, counseling, support services, and transition to job training programs; shall the Oakland Unified School District levy a $120 parcel tax for ten years, with low income and senior exemptions, no money for Sacramento, and all money benefitting Oakland students?
School districts have the authority to levy special taxes upon approval by two-thirds of the votes cast on the special tax proposal (See Cal Const. Art XIIIA, sec. 4, Art. XIIIC, sec. 2; Cal. Gov't Code sec. sec. 50075-50077, and 53722 et seq)
If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, a special tax will be imposed annually for ten years at the rate described above. The tax will be collected by the Alameda County Treasurer Tax Collector at the same time and in the same manner as ad valorem property taxes are collected. Upon annual application to the District, an exemption of any tax assessment year may be granted to any owner of a single-family residential unit where the taxpayer resides and whose combined family income is at or below the "very low income" level under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937. An exemption is also available, upon proper application to the District, to any parcel owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older.
If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, the allocation of the funding revenue is to be used for the specific purposes and programs set forth in the full text of the measure printed in this sample ballot. Those purposes and programs are focused on high-school students throughout the District, and include, but are not limited to support for college preparatory courses, work-based learning in every high school; support services to students, such as counseling, tutoring, and mentoring; and transition programs for students going from 8th to 9th grade and 12th grade to college.
The measure further provides that the governing board will establish a College & Career Readiness Commission ("Commission") that will be responsible for planning and oversight. There will also be an annual report from an independent financial auditor that will state (1) the amount collected and expended; (2) a description of the programs funded and a determination of whether the tax proceeds are being used to supplement, and not supplant, general fund revenue.
If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail, and the District will not be authorized to levy the special tax.
This measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District.
s/ Donna R. Ziegler, County Council
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure N, which measure is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet. If you desire an additional copy of the measure, please call the Elections Office at (510) 272-6933, and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access the full text of the measure on the Alameda County website at the following address: http://www.acgove.org/rov.
League of Women Voters
|Arguments For Measure N||Arguments Against Measure N|
Argument in Favor of Measure NVote YES on N College and Career Readiness for ALL Oakland public high school students!
YES on N reduces drop-out rates. YES on N offers all high school students real world work and learning opportunities that lead to college, career, or well-paying jobs. YES on N expands career education by basing learning on practical projects, not just lectures. YES on N recruits and retains experienced, effective teachers and counselors.
By law, YES on N ensures all money benefits local Oakland high school students ? not a dime can be taken by Sacramento. A 5-member Independent Citizens? Oversight Committee with expertise in financial audits will review all spending. Seniors and low-income residents are exempt from Measure N. Measure N expires in 10 years unless renewed by voters.
Join new superintendent Antwan Wilson and the community in supporting YES on N!
To join our Coalition, visit: http://www.YesonNCollegeandCareerforAll.com
s/ Dr. Gary Yee
Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District (retired)
No arguments against Measure N were submitted.
|Full Text of Measure N|
|This Proposition may be known and referred to as the "Oakland Unified School District College and Career Readiness for All Act" or as "Measure ____". [designation to be assigned by County Registrar of Voters]
The Oakland Unified School District (the "District") is determined to provide excellent educational programs to all its students, including academic courses in English, math, science, and other core programs that allow them to qualify for admission to the University of California and State University systems.
Improving student access to college preparatory classes, career-based learning opportunities, and support programs for students transitioning to high school and college are essential elements of the District's initiative to deliver educational excellence.
Educational excellence also requires counseling, tutoring, mentoring and other intensive support services to reduce the drop-out rate and help students struggling to graduate from high school.
Students who do not attend college should be prepared for the transition to work by career education programs that offer practical experience leading to apprenticeships, job training, and well-paying jobs in a competitive job market.
Funding from the State of California (the "State") has not been adequate to meet these goals, and the District has no assurance that State funding will permit the District to meet these goals in the future.
Funding from the Federal Government is insufficient to meet these goals, and the District has no assurance that Federal funding will permit the District to meet these goals in the future.
Terms and Sunset
Upon approval of two thirds of those voting on this Oakland Unified School District College and Career Readiness for All Act, the Board of Education of the District shall be authorized to levy a qualified special tax on each parcel of taxable real property in the District, in the maximum annual amount of $120 for ten years, commencing July 1, 2015.
The Oakland College & Career Readiness For All Fund is established to pay for the implementation of a comprehensive approach to high school education in Oakland that integrates challenging academics with career-based learning and real-world work experiences. This comprehensive approach creates small learning communities of career-oriented pathways, and offers intensive, individualized support to create the conditions for all students to graduate high school prepared to succeed in college and career.
Education Spending Plan
No less than 90% of measure proceeds shall be equitably allocated for education programs (not administrative overhead) on a per pupil basis, for students in grades 9 through 12 enrolled in all current Oakland Unified School District schools and charter schools, and new Oakland Unified School District schools and charter schools authorized by the Oakland Unified School District. Measure proceeds shall be distributed to such schools upon the submission, review, and approval of each school's annual education improvement plan. The goal of the education improvement plan must be to equitably place all students in career pathways or academies that deliver challenging academics, career technical education, work-based learning, and personalized academic, social, and emotional support services. An approved education improvement plan shall include, at minimum:
Measure proceeds shall be spent on the following school programs:
Senior Citizen Exemption
In order to provide tax relief to senior citizens in the community, any parcel owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older shall be exempt from the education parcel tax upon proper application to the District. The exemption shall be available pursuant to procedures to be prescribed by the Board of Education or otherwise as required by law or by the Alameda County Tax Collector.
Low Income Exemption
An exemption from this tax shall be made for owners of single family residential units in which they reside whose combined family income from all sources for the previous calendar year is at or below the income level qualifying as "very low income" for a family of such size under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, 42 U.S.C.A. Sections 1437 et seq. for each year. Owners must apply for this exemption annually by petition to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer of the District in the manner and at the time set forth in procedures established by the District. Such petitions shall be on forms available from the Chief Financial Officer's office and must provide information sufficient to verify income including, but not limited to, federal income tax returns and W-2 forms of owner-occupants.
College & Career Readiness Commission. The Board of Education shall establish a College & Career Readiness Commission comprised of five (5) persons who demonstrate extensive knowledge and expertise in high school and postsecondary curriculum, instruction, and leadership; education research, evaluation, and analytics; and financial management and audits. The College & Career Readiness Commission shall advise and report to the Board of Education and shall be responsible for (1) Planning, which includes (a) reviewing each high school's School Quality Review findings, Balanced Scorecard results, and education improvement plans, and (b) submitting school funding recommendations to the Board of Education for action; and (2) Oversight, which includes (a) oversight of proper allocation and use of all parcel tax monies, (b) reviewing annual independent audit reports, and (c) submitting recommendations to the Board of Education for any new or modified policies and administrative regulations to ensure the Oakland Unified School District's compliance with the requirements and intent of this Measure. The Board of Education shall provide by resolution for the composition, funding, staffing, and other necessary information regarding the Commission's formation and operation.
Published Independent Annual Audit
Upon the levy and collection of the education parcel tax, the Board of Education shall cause an account to be established for deposit of the proceeds, pursuant to Government Code Section 50075.1. For so long as any proceeds remain unexpended, the Superintendent or the Chief Financial Officer of the District shall cause an independent financial auditor to prepare a report to be filed with the Board of Education and made publicly available no later than December 31 of each year, commencing December 31, 2016, stating (1) the amount collected and expended in such year; (2) the description of all programs funded, and a determination that the monies expended were for the allowable uses stated in this Measure; and (3) the determination that the monies from this Measure are being used to supplement, and not supplant, unrestricted general fund revenue so appropriated to schools to serve pupils in grades 9 through 12 based on fiscal year 2014-2015 funding. The cost of said Independent Audit may be paid from the proceeds of the parcel tax. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period, as said officer shall determine, and may be incorporated into or filed with the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board of Education.
Security from State Seizure or Use
If, in any fiscal year during the term of the education parcel tax, the State Legislature or Governor shall approve any law or take any action the effect of which shall be to deprive the District of the benefit of any proceeds of the education parcel tax, whether by directly taking such proceeds for any State purpose or by taking such proceeds into account for purposes of calculating State support of the District under Section 8 of Article XVI or under any program of categorical aid, special aid or other special programs, then the Board of Education shall reduce the rate of the education parcel tax commensurately.
Levy and Collection
The education parcel tax shall be collected by the Alameda County Tax Collector at the same time and in the same manner and shall be subject to the same penalties as ad valorem property taxes collected by the Tax Collector. Unpaid taxes shall bear interest at the same rate as the rate for unpaid ad valorem property taxes until paid.
"Parcel of taxable real property" shall be defined as any unit of real property in the District which receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the Alameda County Tax Collector. "Parcel of taxable real property" shall exclude all parcels which are otherwise exempt from or on which are levied no ad valorem property taxes in any year, and all parcels which qualify for the senior citizen exemption provided by this Oakland College and Career Readiness for All Act.
The District shall annually provide a list of parcels to the Alameda County tax collection officials which the District has approved for an exemption in accordance with this Act. Eligibility for the senior citizen exemption and low income exemption shall be determined solely by the District, and any taxpayer wishing to challenge the District's determination, or claim a refund or reimbursement of taxes paid while eligible for the exemption, shall apply directly to the District.
The Alameda County Assessor's determination of exemption or relief for any reason of any parcel from taxation, other than through the senior citizen exemption and low-income exemption, shall be final and binding for the purposes of the education parcel tax. Taxpayers wishing to challenge the County Assessor's determination must do so under the procedures for correcting a misclassification of property pursuant to Part 9 of Division 1 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code or other applicable procedures. Taxpayers seeking a refund of any tax paid shall follow the procedures applicable to property tax refunds pursuant to the California Revenue and Taxation Code.
The Board of Education hereby declares, and the voters, by approving this Oakland College and Career Readiness for All Act, concur, that every section, paragraph, sentence and clause of this Act has independent value, and the Board of Education and the voters would have adopted each provision hereof regardless of every other provision hereof. Upon approval of this Act by the voters, should any part be found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, all remaining parts hereof shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent allowed by law.