Join in longstanding tradition, Support A

When we moved to Orinda 20 years ago, it was for one reason -- great schools. Coming from the East Coast, we were taken aback by the lack of sufficient state funding for public education in California.

We wanted for our daughters what we had enjoyed as students -- good teachers, a challenging and engaging curriculum and a community that supported its schools.

We researched not only test scores but access to music, art, and foreign language classes. We checked voting records to see which communities passed tax measures in support of schools. We settled in Orinda, but it could just as easily have been any of the communities served by the Acalanes High School District.

Twenty years ago, we looked for a community that supported its schools so that my daughters would thrive. Today, I'm mailing in my ballot in support of Measure A so that future high school students will benefit from the same.

I can think of no better investment than education, and I ask that our neighbors in the Acalanes District join my family in continuing the longstanding tradition of supporting great public schools. Vote Yes on Measure A!

Pat Rudebusch

Orinda

Love Lafayette schools, Support A, B

I am exceedingly grateful and feel lucky, as well as proud, to live in Lafayette.

For more than two decades, our community has generously supported our outstanding public schools. Voters have approved local revenue measures, which absolutely make a meaningful difference. Our schools and students have also flourished because of an exceptional spirit of volunteerism and dedication to excellence in education. So many give so much, and we all benefit.

As a proud parent of two Burton Valley, Stanley and Acalanes grads -- and past president of LASF (now Lafayette Partners in Education) -- I know firsthand how important the generous support of the community is to the quality of our schools. Measures A and B continue this support without increasing taxes. No funds can be taken away by the state or used for other purposes; all funds will stay local to benefit our students.

I support Measures A and B for our schools. Love Lafayette -- Love Lafayette schools.

Please join me in voting yes on Measures A and B to continue Lafayette's longstanding tradition of supporting our outstanding local schools.

Nancy Falk

Lafayette