In November 2014, the community passed general obligation technology Bond Measure I with 67.16% of the vote. The 2014 Measure I is a completely new bond that is related only to Technology. The 2012 Measure I was a school facilities improvement bond overwhelmingly approved by voters. Except for having the same randomly assigned measure letter, there is no connection between the two.
Measure I is a $113.2 million technology bond designed to help East Side High School District students keep pace with today's rapidly changing educational technology by providing a replenished source of funding for new technology every three to four years for the next two decades.
If we want East Side District's children to compete for jobs of tomorrow - and if we want our community to attract and retain employers - our students must have access to computers and modern technology today in order to learn and be trained. Measure I provides the funding we need to help our students compete in the global economy, while protecting taxpayers.
Measure I will provide classrooms at all schools in the East Side Union High School District with up-to-date computers and educational technology along with increased student access to computers by installing secure district-wide internet access. It will also allow the District to meet the statewide technology requirements for testing and learning, while incorporating the latest 21st century innovations.
Unfortunately, state funding for classroom technology has not kept pace with the educational needs of our children. Measure I, which provides $113.2 million for the District over the next 18 years, solves this problem by providing an ongoing source of locally controlled, affordable funds for classroom computers, internet infrastructure and other technological innovations at every school in the District.