In the past 4 years, more than $20 billion has been cut from public education in California. We rank 47th in the nation in per-student funding and now have the largest class sizes in the country. This year an additional $8 billion in new cuts are being proposed. And without new revenue, an additional $6 billion will be cut from public education.
CTA stands with the Governor in support of Proposition 30, the “Schools and Public Safety Protection Act”. It is the only funding initiative that takes care of the whole state by closing the budget deficit and paying down the state’s wall of debt, while providing billions for public schools and essential services. It does not raise income taxes on the poor or middle class.
Prop 30 is a tax on millionaires that asks the richest Californians to pay their fair share to help fund public education and other essential services.
Freshman Olivia Cichocki-Bartlett of Riverside Poly High School spoke at Yes on Prop. 30 event on how budget cuts affect her and her classmates. See other Yes on Prop. 30 event photos by viewing our FlickR feed.
Teachers 2, Billionaires 0: Prop. 30 wins, 32 goes down to defeat in hard-fought election won by dedicated educators
Science teacher Dana Johnsen from the Oak Grove School District in San Jose celebrates with colleagues after battle with billionaires nets educators the winners!
Disclosure by Arizona nonprofit shows ties to Koch brothers
Under pressure from California’s political watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), an Arizona Political Action Committee (Super-PAC) has admitted that it took $11 million from another super-pac, effectively “laundering” the money that it then contributed in an effort to defeat Proposition 30, the governor’s school revenue measure, and to pass Proposition 32, the Special Exemptions Act that would help wealthy special interests increase their political power.
The truth is, if Proposition 30 fails, the state will have to slash schools and other programs that voters care deeply about. It would leave the state with an $8.5-billion hole in its budget - almost twice as large a gap as the alternative cuts floated by GOP leaders.The best way to avoid that is to pass Proposition 30. (Photo by Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press / October 23, 2012)
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Governor Jerry Brown said it's simple: "'Yes' means money into schools. 'No' means money out of schools. It's pretty simple: third-grade arithmetic." California State University officials are watching the ballot measure closely. If it fails, the CSU budget would be cut by $250 million.
Do we really think things will get better in this state with fewer graduates from the University of California and the California State University systems? Do we really think California's future will be brighter if our K-12 schools don't have the money to produce high school graduates? Critics of Prop. 30 have said Brown is only offering scare tactics about the future of school funding to get the measure passed. They have not read - or choose to ignore for political purposes - the language in the state budget.
Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.
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