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City agrees to share $50 million with schools

Original post made on Jun 21, 2013

An agreement to share the property taxes of the likes of Google with local schools has been approved by the City Council, the local high school district and the local elementary-middle school district -- a win for Mountain View students, school and city officials say.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 21, 2013, 1:42 PM


Posted by Mary, a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Well, it's a good idea to develop more classes for technology-related subjects BUT it's a shame to ignore the needs for education in the arts and social sciences too.

So many engineers around here are culturally illiterate when it comes to the arts or history or geography or etc etc etc. This world needs people who can think about more than electrical circuitry and computer development.

Posted by James, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I agree, STEM and the Arts have fed off of each other throughout history, they should be combined in a STEAM curriculum with history. My all time favorite Science program is Jacob Bronowski's "The Ascent of Man" which explores Science in the context of cultural evolution.

Posted by Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

If this extra so called "thinking" that illnumerates possess lead one to make ignorant statements such as "So many engineers around here are culturally illiterate...", then indeed Mary, How does your garden grow?

Perhaps Mary can go buy a vowel with her newfound tax dollars.

Posted by Kerri, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Is Springer School included in this windfall? Springer School, part of the Los Altos School District, is located in the city of Mountain View, and most of Springer's students are Mountain View residents.

Posted by Interesting, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

"City agrees to share $50 million with schools" Only?

So how much more is there that the city is not sharing?

@ Mary, So how many Engineers do you really know?

Posted by parent, a resident of another community
on Jun 22, 2013 at 7:08 am

Lots of other comments on this same story from your other link. Can you please integrate the comments?

Posted by @ Mary, a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Luckily, the Mountain View Educational Foundation raises funds each year to support the Mountain View Whisman School District. MVEF uses some of the funds it raises to pay for weekly Art and/or Music instruction in all of the elementary schools. In addition, they use some funds to help repair and purchase band instruments for the Middle Schools.

To see what else MVEF funds or to donate to MVEF, see the website at Your donations, big or small, really help keep art & music in the schools.

I am not as informed about the High School District, but I do know that there are many elective options in the high schools for art, dance, music, etc.

Posted by John, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm

have to fee the "education" beast.

Why not refund the money back to the taxpayers?

Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm

@ Interesting, the full tax revenue for MVWSD would be $7,237,322.40 for 2012-2013 according to county tax information (see the other thread). That's a $4,363,322 delta. And why I still support 'Sunset on Shoreline'! best