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    in Palo Alto frequently rank amongst the top schools in the nation, even when compared to some private schools. (Disclaimer: I grew up in Palo Alto, but I went to Cubberley High School, the one that closed in 1979.) You're not going to find much support for vouchers there. What it boils down to is the need for more equitable funding for schools, so that you don't have one district that's prospering and the one next door struggling.

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    by Cali Scribe on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 12:37:57 PM PDT

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    •  My Children Went to Gunn (1+ / 0-)
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      Palo Alto Unified is a basic-aid district, so they do not get anything from Sacramento since the local property taxes are deemed sufficient.  The last number I saw (before my youngest graduated in '08) was that the per student allocation was just over $14,000 per year.

      (We as parents wrote checks for another $1K or so each year to supplement that and pay for programs.)

      In contrast, here in EPA where I live, it's $4865 per student -- payable through the combination of local property taxes and the state allocation.

      And yet folks wonder why our schools here are absymal.

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      by shanikka on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:57:32 AM PDT

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