Several school board members said Tuesday they would like to discuss the issue in a future open session.
Noting that $1.8 million could pay for 18 teachers, board Vice-President Melissa Baten Caswell said losing that amount of money "would be really hard."
Nancy Krop, vice-president of advocacy for the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, said Palo Alto's current spending of $13,000 per pupil lags far behind per-pupil spending of other high-performing school districts and states.
"The top-performing states now spend $16,000 to $22,000 per student," Krop said. "New York spends $19,000 per student.
"I'd tell the Palo Alto City Council that we're not rolling in money — in fact, we're millions behind."
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