This email will debunk disinformation about CUSD with data. We also include video clips from Jerry Liu, a CUSD trustee who opposed school closure, who shares his experience and goes into more details.
Disnfo #1: CUSD Budget Shortfall? No we have surplus!
Then why close schools during a once-in-a lifetime pandemic?
This table is from Page 18 of CUSD Budget Adoption Report
Disnfo #2: Collapsing Child Population? No Its Stable!
For the past decade, we have been repeatedly being told that CUSD enrollment is declining because the population of children in CUSD is declining.
That is incorrect.
CUSD enrollment though is declining since parents are preferring private schools due to mismanagement by the CUSD board including the deeply unpopular decision to shut down school campuses.
For those interested in more granular analysis, the date from the ACS Survey is available here including age-wise breakdown within the under-18 age-group
The Future is in Your Hands
=> No. CUSD is projected to have a $39M surplus over next 5 years
=> No. Children population in CUSD is around the same level it was a decade ago
We can only speculate why the coterie of ex-mayors and their protege who they get sponsor via endorsement and campaign finance support misled us. We do know CUSD has hired professional real-estate consultants to evaluate the desirability of CUSD land for investors.
In order to save our schools, and preserve our home values, it is critical that the City Council of Cupertino opposes any rezoning of school land and preserves it for public usage.
To save our schools and preserve home values, please VOTE for Govind Tatachari, Liang Chao, and Steven Scharf for Cupertino City Council, and Darcy Paul, Satheesh Madhathil & Jerry Liu for CUSD Board. They have taken a public stand to keep school closure off the table and roll back the past decisions. They are not funded by external special-interests and will keep the interests of residents foremost.
Please do NOT vote for JR Fruen, Sheila Mohan for Cupertino City Council, and Ava Chiao (CUSD). They have been supportive of school closure and giving the land to developers, and have strong endorsements from the three CUSD trustees who closed the schools. They have also receive extensive funding from construction interests, who covet the land our schools stand on, and not signed the City of Cupertino voluntary spending limit on election expenses.
Your fellow neighbors from Cupertino