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New Survey Finds Voters Support Tax Extension on Wealthy by Overwhelming Margin

A whopping 64% of all voters support extending the current Prop. 30 income tax levels affecting the top 2% of wealthy Californians. (Graphic courtesy of the PPIC.)

A new poll released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) finds that an overwhelming majority of Californians voters – by a 64-32% margin – support extending the current level of income taxes being levied on the wealthiest 2% of Californians.

The poll, part of the PPIC’s Californians and Their Government survey series, cites voters’ passage of Prop. 30 in 2012 and asks respondents whether they would support extending the high-income tax levels for an additional 12 years.

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Former State Schools Chief Eastin Issues Fiery Defense of Schools and a Fiscal Challenge to Voters

 

Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin denounced as shameful California’s 46th national ranking in per student spending and warned that the expiration of Proposition 30’s school funding could deal a harsh blow to students’ education.

“Cadillac prisons and jalopy schools are a disgrace…and a violation of the constitution,” former Supt. of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin told more than 70 participants in Thursday’s Capitol Weekly/ UC Center forum on education in Sacramento. She traced California public schools’ funding decline, from fifth nationally in 1955 to as far down as 50th in recent years.

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Black Oak Teachers Urge District to Use Funds to Help Students

The leaders of the Black Oak Mine Teachers Association are leading efforts to get the local district to use new state funding to support a high quality education for every student.

Members of the Black Oak Mine Teachers Association are pressing the local school district to use funds generated by voter-approved Proposition 30 for the purpose the electorate approved: helping students in their classrooms.

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Stockton Teachers March for Students Outside of Fact Finding Hearing

(Photo above) A child leads them: Two members of the Stockton Teachers Association family lead a column of parents, teachers, and students who marched on Monday at the site of the fact-finding hearing at the district headquarters. The demonstration of solidarity and community support aimed at convincing the district to come back to the table and agree to allocate more funds to support students and the teachers they depend upon.

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Stockton Teachers Mass in Fight to Make Classrooms, Students District's Top Priority

More than 350 members of the Stockton Teachers Association gathered on Wednesday to learn the status of their 31-month battle to win an excellent education for every student.

During the meeting, Chapter President John Steiner, a high school teacher, and bargaining team members provided a status report on negotiations with the district. The chapter’s organizing team spelled out steps members will be taking in the weeks ahead to pressure the district to make students the top priority and to put Proposition 30 funds into the classroom, as voters intended when they passed the ballot measure.

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Stockton Teachers File Charges Against City School Board; Will Rally Thurs. Against Fiscal "Piracy"

Parents, Teachers to Press Board to Put Students, Classrooms First

The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), the state agency that oversees public sector bargaining, could soon brand the Stockton Unified School District a “renegade” district that is violating the law, instead of bargaining in good faith to reach a contract agreement with its 1850 educators.

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February Revenues Outpace Estimates by $968 Million

There’s even more good news on the revenue front: state income for February is up 20.9% over estimates, according to State Controller John Chiang.

That means California is seeing nearly a billion dollars more than projected in Gov. Jerry Brown’s January 2014 budget proposal.

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Tell the Bee How Prop. 30 Has Made a Difference for Your Students and Classroom

Voters’ passage of Prop. 30 in November 2012 has been channeling billions of new dollars into California’s schools, reversing years of devastating cuts. 

You’ll recall that the promise of its passage led the governor to propose and lawmakers to adopt a budget that protected schools from more than $4 billion in cuts in 2012.

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More Good News: Schools Could Receive Another $3.1 Billion in 2013-2014

(Graphic above)  The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) projects that K-14 public education will receive an additional $3 billion in 2013-2014 and another $5 billion above that for 2014-2015, thanks in part to voter approval of Proposition 30, the funding initiative, last November.

In a welcome bit of news, K-14 public education could see another $3.1 billion in 2013-2014 above the allocations in the adopted state budget. The LAO also notes it may take longer than originally projected to fully fund the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

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Good News for Schools: Year-to-Date Revenues are Up $136 Million Above Estimates

Our public schools are receiving more good news in the form of the latest announcement from State Controller John Chiang that state revenues are coming in even higher than expected. The increase reflects voter approval of CTA-backed Proposition 30 and a rebounding economy.

In fact, Controller Chiang reported Monday that this year’s state revenues are running $136 million* above earlier estimates. That’s good news for students and schools because California’s funding for schools, as determined by Proposition 98, generally increases as state revenues go up. 

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