CONCORD -- The mood was glum as teachers, parents, and trustees reviewed Measure D election results Tuesday, showing the $99 per parcel tax failing with far less than the two-thirds support it needed to pass. With nearly all precincts reporting, about 59 percent favored it.
Advocates hoped the measure would bring $7 million annually to the Mt. Diablo school district for five years. Board President Gary Eberhart said voter dissatisfaction with the state's budgeting process may have hurt the local measure.
"The way California's budget is working now is broken," Eberhart said. "And who is paying for it -- it's the kids of the state."
Cuts to education funding have caused the school board to lay off more than 400 teachers and other staff members. Trustees pledged to restore $4.3 million in cut positions, as well as fourth-grade music and after-school sports, if the measure passed and there were no further state funding reductions.
Theresa Harrington covers the Mt. Diablo school district. Reach her at 925-945-4764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.