Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Future, New Primary
By Julian Peeples
It’s time to raise our voices and cast our votes for the
public schools all students deserve in the Primary Election on March 3! This
is the FIRST YEAR the California Primary is this early in the year.
Together, we can win the resources our schools need and
elect leaders who will defend our students and fight for their future. But
we’ve got to get out the vote to do it!
There’s only one proposition on the ballot—and it’s a real
important one. Proposition 13 is a school facilities bond to repair, retrofit
and modernize old and unsafe school buildings. (Important Note: It’s not the
Prop. 13 that deals with property tax). While there’s been a lot of
misinformation about this initiative, the reality is Prop. 13 is about keeping
a fundamental promise to our students that their schools are safe places to
learn and grow.
Prop. 13 will invest $15 billion into repairing unsafe conditions in schools with the greatest needs, including poor air quality, mold and asbestos, lack of air conditioning or health centers, and even broken toilets. That’s why it’s supported by a broad coalition of educators, public health officials and public safety officials.
“Join me in voting for Prop. 13, the Schools Health and Safety Bond,” says CTA President E. Toby Boyd. “Our students deserve facilities that are safe, well-maintained and show respect for those who go to school and work there.”
In addition to Prop. 13, there is a full slate of state Legislative primaries and CTA has you covered when it comes to knowing which candidates support public schools and will fight alongside educators for the resources our students need.
One of those candidates on March 3 is special education teacher, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, CTA member and CTA District C Board Member Angela Normand. She is running for election to the Alameda County Board of Education. Angela is a dedicated advocate for students and educators, fighting for smaller class sizes, more student supports and the resources our public schools need.
Normand’s opponent is backed by charter school corporations, privatizers and billionaires, who are pouring money into the race in a brazen attempt to buy the seat. But on Election Day, Normand’s grassroots campaign will show that people power is unbeatable. Support Normand and strong neighborhood public schools in Alameda County—visit her website today to donate to her campaign or sign up to help get out the vote, and join the fight for great public schools for all Alameda County students.
Only days away from Super Tuesday (featuring California!), NEA developed a helpful resource to assist voters as they decide who to support with their vote for president. The candidate comparison tool provides information about each presidential candidate and where they stand on our most important public education issues. From education funding to school safety and infrastructure, you can see it all on one page with just a few clicks.
Finally, make sure to vote on or before Tuesday, March 3, and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do so as well. Primary elections traditionally have low voter turnout, which means that every single vote is even more valuable. Share on social media that you’re a public education voter and use the hashtags #VotePublicEd and #WeAreCTA.
When we lift our voices and votes together, our students and
communities win! Onward to victory!
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