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Who is Citizens for Great Cupertino Schools?

Citizens for Great Cupertino District Schools is a grassroots organization of volunteer parents, teachers and community members working to pass Measure O for outstanding local schools!


How are local elementary and middle schools in Cupertino Union School District doing?

Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) provides a high-quality education for local elementary and middle school students in Cupertino and portions of Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Los Altos. Our award-winning schools foster academic excellence and protect high property values in our community.


What challenges are facing our local schools?

Despite being in the bottom 2% in State funding, Cupertino Union School District’s local schools are among the best in California thanks to our supportive communities, award-winning academics and excellent teachers. Great teaching is at the center of our students’ strong academic performance and, to maintain our high standard of excellence, local schools need to be able to continue attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers. 


With fluctuating, unstable funding, we can no longer rely on the State to fund the well-rounded education that local kids need. Additional funding is required to maintain core academic programs and continue providing hands-on instruction.


How can we address these challenges in Cupertino Union schools?

To maintain strong academic programs and retain highly qualified teachers, the Cupertino Union School District Board of Education voted unanimously to place Measure O on the March 3, 2020 ballot at a rate of $125 per parcel per year for 5 years. Measure O will provide a stable, reliable source of local funding so our students can continue to receive an outstanding education.


What will Measure O do?

Measure O will:

  • Attract and retain highly qualified teachers
  • Maintain strong academic programs in reading, writing, math, engineering and science
  • Keep schools safe, clean and well-maintained
  • Ensure teachers have adequate training and support
  • Keep teacher salaries competitive with surrounding districts


How do I know Measure O funds will be spent as promised?

Measure O requires strict fiscal accountability provisions. These provisions include:

  • All funds stay in our local schools and can never be taken by the State
  • Independent citizen oversight is required
  • No funding could ever be used for administrator salaries or benefits
  • Senior citizen homeowners are eligible to receive an exemption


When can I vote YES on O?

Measure O will be on the ballot on March 3, 2020. All registered voters living within the Cupertino Union School District boundaries will receive a mail ballot in early February and can vote YES on O.


Can senior citizens receive an exemption from the cost of Measure O?

Yes. Senior citizen homeowners are eligible for an exemption from the cost of the measure. Plus, low-income homeowners with disabilities are eligible for an exemption.  


Can the State take funds from Measure O for other purposes?

No. By law, no money from Measure O can be taken away by the State. All funds will stay in local schools to maintain high-quality education for local elementary and middle school students.


How much will Measure O cost?

To retain high-quality teachers, support student achievement and protect local property values, Measure O will cost $125 per parcel per year for 5 years. This measure cannot be renewed without voter approval.


I don’t have children in school; how does Measure O benefit me?

Our award-winning schools are among the best in the state, making our community a desirable place to live and raise a family. Measure O will ensure our schools continue to offer an excellent education to local students, which helps maintain strong property values for us all. 


What level of support does Measure O need to pass?

At least 66.7% of those who cast a ballot on this measure must vote YES in order for Measure O to pass. 


How can I register to vote or learn more about voting?

You can register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov. To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters at (408) 299-8683 or visit www.sccvote.org.


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