Prop CC does not benefit the education of students — Vote ‘No’

As a parent of a Del Mar Union student, I am voting “no” on Proposition CC (Del Mar 21st Century Classrooms and Technology Measure).

I received my voting ballot in the mail, as well as read the five-page bond description on the DMUSD website. The first paragraph states, “These projects (the bond), will support educational programs required by the community.” Reading through the lengthy description of what CC is funding, however, I see almost nothing that benefits my child educationally at all. I have been inside all of the Del Mar Union Schools (except Del Mar Hills Academy), and they appear in excellent condition both inside and out. Six out of the eight schools are fairly new so I question the sections that stress “worn out floors, leaky roofs, window replacement, insulation, upgrade lighting, resource efficiency, improve telephones, removing asbestos (which is not in the schools).”

I also question the language that states that the classrooms need to be made accessible for students with disabilities. What exactly is not accessible? I spoke to Special Education teachers who said there are already ramps at the schools and all areas of the schools are accessible according to ADA law. If there are valid structural and access problems, why doesn’t the district take photos of them and put them on the website? There are countless other statements throughout, such as “replace energy management software, upgrade infrastructure, upgrade solar power facilities, storage space for accurate record-keeping” that sound like a waste of money.

The bond further claims that the schools must be “fixed up” in order to attract quality teachers. In reality, there are thousands of very qualified teachers in California, and throughout the country, that have been laid-off the past several years and Del Mar, because of its location and high test scores, gets flooded with hundreds, if not thousands, of applications when there is an opening for a teacher. Reading through the lengthy description of CC, only a tiny section is about “Classroom Technology” and the wording is very vague. What exactly does the district mean by “purchasing portable learning technology equipment?”

My husband and I both have master’s degrees and work in technology, but we feel that buying iPads (or whatever the district has in mind), is a waste of money. We are very impressed with the text books (Harcourt and Brace, Houghton Mifflin, Wordly Wise) and question how costly “portable learning devices” (which are easily scratched, broken, and become outdated after only a few years) will really enhance the learning environment at school when the students already have updated computer labs at school. Most households I’m sure also have laptops/desktop computers and smartphones/tablets at home that students can use for homework or further research. We already pay thousands in taxes to Del Mar Union and feel that CC does not benefit the education of students whatsoever.

Carla Mapes

Torrey Hills