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School Board Supports Measure C and Prop 13
Posted 2/14/20

The Hayward Unified School District's board of education adopted board resolutions in support of California Proposition 13 School and College Facilities Bond and Alameda County Measure C at their February 12, 2020 board meeting. Both will appear on the March 3, 2020 ballot for Alameda County residents. The board resolutions state the need to ensure children are healthy and have the opportunity to learn in environments that support personal well-being and academic success.


About Measure C

Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically during the first five years of life, yet over half of Alameda County children do not get the high-quality, early health care and child care they need to begin kindergarten ready to learn. Child care is an increasingly difficult expense for families, and research shows strong social returns from investments in high-quality care.


If approved by voters, Measure C would create a half percent (0.5%) sales tax, raising an estimated $150 million per year to provide expanded access to free and low-cost health care and emergency services in Alameda County. The initiative would also fund quality improvements in child care and preschool programs offered in Alameda County, with a focus on serving high-need families. It also seeks to increase the wages of early childhood educators, who are some of the lowest-paid workers in the East Bay.


The Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council would appoint an 11-member Community Advisory Council to advise on development of policy and program for child care, preschool, and early education. Measure C will be decided by Alameda County voters on March 3, 2020.


Click here to learn more about HUSD Early Learning



About Proposition 13

In November of 2016, Californians approved Proposition 51, a $9 billion public school facility bond that supported the improvement and construction of school facilities. It renewed California's commitment to improving the educational outcomes of our students through school facility investments and highlighted the importance of creating safe and secure learning environments for our students.


Despite that funding, the need for school facility funding remains great. In HUSD alone, $1billion is needed to address the facilities needs identified in the district's 2018 facilities master plan. As a result, HUSD has sought the additional funding with its own bond program. Measure H, passed in 2018, provided the district with $381.7 million in funds dedicated to the improvement of facilities—with a specific focus on security, infrastructure improvements, classroom modernization, school site upgrades, and the construction of the district's performing arts center. While this generous support from our community makes a meaningful impact on our school sites, more is needed to made the upgrades our students and staff deserve.


In September of 2019, the state legislature passed Assembly Bill 48, which has been designated as Proposition 13 (2020). This proposition proposes a new statewide bond that would allocate an additional $9 billion in K-12 funding to help school districts with construction costs for their facilities. The Hayward community would benefit from the passage of Proposition 13 because it would require the State of California to pay their fair share of the facilities needs at our school sites and provide access to additional matching funds for much-needed health and safety projects. Proposition 13 also includes funding to help community colleges and universities with those same expenses. The proposition will appear on this March's 2020 ballot.


Click here to learn more about Proposition 13


Click here to learn more about HUSD's bond program