Are We Willing to Be Catalysts for Change?

Prop 38 is the ONLY proposition on the November ballot that guarantees school funding MUST go per student to every school and must be spent at the school.

   Gandhi once said, “… You must be the change you wish to see in the world...” We talk about the importance of education, and how our children need to be able “think outside the box” and to compete both locally and globally in an economy that is constantly changing and evolving. NOW is the time to walk the walk… be the change we wish to see…

      The idea behind Prop 38 is simple and straightforward:  Generate significant additional revenue to start to restore the programs and services that have been cut.  Move California out of the basement is school funding (currently we are ranked 47 out of 50).  Make sure new dollars go directly to every single public school (including charter schools) in California to support our children, help our teachers, and improve our schools. 

      Prop 38 is the ONLY proposition on the November ballot that guarantees school funding MUST go per student to every school and must be spent at the school.  School sites can use the money to reduce class sizes or restore classes in art, music, math, science, vocational & technical education and college preparation… all based on different needs at different schools…with input from parents, teachers and the community: GUARANTEED.  Schools absolutely may hire back teachers or staff to restore programs, reduce class sizes or expand instructional time.

          The measure will raise $10 to $11 billion annually in new revenue through a sliding scale income tax increase that varies with taxpayers’ ability to pay, (keeping in mind, this is income after all deductions have been made. We all share according to what we can afford, and we all benefit from an educated workforce that can think outside the box and compete both globally and locally.

     The new personal income tax revenues would start being collected in early 2013. The $3.3 billion would be a resource that schools could use to offset or mitigate the effects of the trigger cuts in 2012-13.  

     The 30 percent set aside in the measure for debt payments over the first four years will provide significant budget relief (over $4.5 billion through the end of 13-14.

     Neither Prop 38 nor Prop 30 allocates funding directly to the UC or CSU systems. While Prop 30 designates 11% of its education dollars to community colleges, the legislature decides how much of those funds will be used to replace current community college funding. The “trigger” cuts to UC, CSU and Community Colleges that we’ve heard about are NOT included in the language of either initiative.  They were put in place in the state budget that the legislature adopted in June before the election.  The legislature only adopted a scenario for making cuts if Prop 30 fails; the Legislature did not adopt a similar plan for when Prop 38 passes. Most likely what would happen is that the triggers would be revisited after the election if the governor's measure fails and Prop 38 passes.

      I encourage you to take a look at the initiative… you can find it on the website, www.prop38forlocalschools.org 

     Someone once said, “"Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself".  Let’s make the change and REFORM the process! WE need to be the catalyst for change… Our children can’t wait! I urge you, YES on 38!

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Robert Alphenaar November 05, 2012 at 08:25 PM
One minor issue: I have seen the "47th out of 50 in spending" used often, but, the only reference I could find was from 1998 and CA was 47 _after_ considering "cost of living" and did not indicate how that was calculated. Could someone point me to more recent data? More importantly, CA has one of the highest income tax rates, one of the highest sales tax rates, average property tax rates and the lottery. If with all that income, the funding for the schools is still not sufficient, I think the answer is to re-prioritize spending, not continue to raise taxes.
Barbara Inatsugu November 05, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Hi Robert, I understand what you are saying, but also please consider that the cost of living is higher in California than in most other states. EdSource is one place you could check to find more recent data and to find out how the calculation is made. The California Budget Project (www.cbp.org), and the Legislative Analyst's Office (www.lao,ca.gov) also have publications and data you can explore. There is also contact information on their respective websites enabling you to call if you want to followup that way.


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