“Taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilized society.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes, former US Supreme Court Justice
California has long relied on mostly short-term solutions to our budget problems, which has done us no long-term favors. The health of California’s public schools depends on stable tax revenues. It is time to demand action to restore fairness to the system and make sure everyone is paying their fair share.
California Families Are Paying More, While Corporations Are Paying Less.
The cost of funding state services has shifted from corporate to personal income tax payers. When Proposition 13 was passed, responsibility for funding public schools shifted from the taxpayer to the state. We must reevaluate how we are funding our government and make it fair and equitable. The fact of the matter is California is a moderate tax state, ranking 15th in taxes and fees compared to other states, even though we have the 8th largest economy in the world.
Investing in public education (dollar for dollar) grows the economy more than tax cuts and corporate subsidies. Dishearteningly California currently ranks 39th in per-pupil spending. Our goal is simply to have the adequate amount of per-pupil funding needed to provide all students the opportunity for a quality public education.
We Can Fix this Broken System with Schools & Communities First.
The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act will restore over $12 billion per year to California’s schools, community colleges, health clinics, and other vital local services. The initiative has hit the one million mark in signature gathering efforts. It has gained the support of over 600 representatives and groups from various sectors throughout California, including current and former presidential candidates. Let’s keep up the good work and get the remaining signatures we need to get the initiative on the November 2020 ballot.
Schools & Communities First Resources
Messages that Work
Spread the Word about Schools & Communities First:
- Top Three Messages on Schools & Communities First
- Use this 10-minute meeting guide to talk to help inform your friends and colleagues.
- One pagers on Schools & Communities First in English and in Spanish
- Frequently Asked Questions in English and in Spanish
- Background & Talking Points
- Social Media Guide
Want to Know More?
Fact sheets with all the answers:
- Schools & Communities First Agricultural Land Fact Sheet
- School & Communities First Property Tax Fact Sheet
- Set the record straight with this infographic (see below) on the impact of Schools & Communities First
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Growing Support for Schools & Communities First
“As the head of California’s educational system, it is my top priority to champion policies which give our students more opportunities to succeed. That’s why I’m endorsing the Schools & Communities First initiative…if we’re serious about addressing the historic inequities within California’s educational system and delivering results for our students, we all need to step up and pass this initiative.”
– Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction endorses Schools & Communities First.
Every County Will Benefit From Schools & Communities First
*NEW* Study shows that Schools and Communities First will benefit every.single.county in California. The full review by the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) includes estimated revenue gains by county.