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Superintendent Wayne's message regarding public school funding
Posted 1/18/19

Dear HUSD Community,

Happy New Year! As we usher in 2019, California is welcoming a new governor and state superintendent. Both Governor Newsom and Superintendent Thurmond inherit a great responsibility to ensure that the state’s 6.2 million students, 295,000 teachers, and 10,000 schools have the resources needed to achieve success.

This past Saturday, educators and supporters of public education took part in a rally in Oakland to send a message to the state’s leadership about the need for increased funding for our public schools. I’m proud that HUSD community members raised their own voices by participating in that event.

California ranks 41st in per-pupil funding, 45th in student-teacher ratios, and 48th in pupil-staff ratio. This is unacceptable. Administrators, teachers, and board members across the state are calling on the legislature to increase funding to the national average by 2020 and show that they value our children's future.

The dedicated staff and supportive parents of HUSD work collaboratively to build strong school communities, and we are proud of the engaging educational environment we’ve created together. However, our ability to support Hayward students and families is limited if our schools are among the lowest funded schools in the nation.

I am optimistic that the state’s newly elected leaders will stand with California public schools and secure “full and fair funding.” I urge you to join in the chorus of voices who believe that our students deserve better. Please consider signing the petition created by the California School Boards Association intended to send a message to the California Legislature.

Thank you for all you do to support Hayward students. I look forward to a wonderful remainder of the 2018-19 school year.


Dr. Matt Wayne