What is Measure G?
Measure G is a special parcel tax approved by the citizens of Oakland which amounts to an additonal amount of about $20 million each year in the Oakland Unified School District's budget.
Where does the money come from?
Each year since July 2009, $195 is collected from owners of each parcel of land in Oakland. There is no expiration date set for this special tax. Low income households may apply for an exemption from the tax.
How can the money be spent?
Funds may be used for these purposes at any Oakland public school:
- to attract and retain highly qualified teachers
- maintain courses that help students qualify for college
- maintain up-to-date textbooks and instructional materials
- keep class sizes small
- continue after school academic programs
- maintain school libraries
- provide programs, including art and music programs, that enhance student achievement.
Currently, charter schools are not receiving Measure G funds, but may in the future.
What accountability measures are in place?
An Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee
produces a report each year on the previous year's spending and an audit is performed annually. Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at MetWest High School (314 E 10th St, Oakland, CA 94606) on the second floor across from the KDOL studio. Check the calendar because sometimes meetings are cancelled and there is a summer recess.
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