We are Californians – Let’s Make Our Schools Great Again!

I'm proud to represent PTA-supported Prop 38 on the November ballot, which will raise billions of dollars a year in guaranteed new funding that will be sent directly to every California public school.

You are probably like me—juggling work, the back to school adjustment period and new schedules, not to mention trying to keep up with all the news about education funding. You might not have noticed, but we are to the point where we have lost counselors, librarians, and janitors. Our students CANNOT thrive in a safe environment with these crucial staff members.

That's why I proudly say “Yes on 38!” Prop 38 is the PTA-supported education initiative on the November 6, 2012 ballot, which will raise billions of dollars a year in guaranteed new funding that will be sent directly to every California public school on a per pupil basis.

Prop 38 offers five guarantees to parents, educators, students and all Californians:

1.       The Legislature cannot touch Prop 38 money, and it cannot use the new money to replace the funds schools currently receive.

2.       Prop 38 school funding must go to every school on a per pupil basis, and must be spent at the school.

3.       The money generated from Prop 38 cannot be spent to increase salaries or pensions of school personnel. Prop 38 prohibits spending more than 1% on administration.

4.       Prop 38 spending decisions will be made locally, following public input.

5.       And, with Prop 38 school districts will be accountable, for demonstrated improvement at each school, based on established annual educational improvement goals.

My favorite part of Prop 38 is the accountability on all levels—school boards are required to take input from parents, educators and the community at each school site before deciding how to spend the money. Prop 38 allocates funding where it is needed most, based on each school’s individual needs with the common goals of improving student academic performance, graduation rates and college readiness. Whether this means arts programs or smaller class sizes, counselors or PE classes, science labs or parent engagement programs and more, the opportunities are endless and we deserve to provide our children with everything they need to be successful in life.

Going further, school boards must set educational improvement goals for each school and publicly disclose how funding was spent at each school and whether outcomes were improved.

For Rosemont High School, Prop 38 will mean $1,718,320 in new money for the first four years over and above existing funding. I love the idea that I can have input on how my own school, Rosemont High, can use Prop 38 new funding and that the outcomes will be shared with me and my community! Use the benefits calculator here to find out how much money your school will receive.

Nobody likes paying new taxes, but with Prop 38 Californians will pay for this investment in our schools through a fair and balanced tax with the wealthiest paying the most because they can best afford it. According to the Legislative Analysts Office, 40% of Californians will not have to pay any additional taxes.

You and I both know we can do it.  After all, we are Californians. We change what's not working. We think differently and that's why together we will win on November 6th

Tune into my blog for regular updates and sign up at www.prop38forlocalschools.org. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YesOn38, talk with your friends and neighbors about how we’re going to make California’s public schools great again and vote YES on Prop 38 on November 6th.

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Concerned Citizen October 04, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Voters need to read the fine print of both Prop 30 & Prop 38 plus page 59-60 in their voter guide about allocation and the California State Constitution and "trigger cuts." Beware! The Prop with the most yes votes will be implemented! Proposition 38 by Molly Munger, voters should read about her in the Chicago Tribune article, “The Mungers haunt Jerry Brown” (google it), will saddle “middle class” Californians with a Personal Income Tax increase that we are locked into for 12 years from 2013 to 2024. Proposition 30 by Jerry Brown will also pay for education and the debt. Brown's plan would increase state sales tax by a quarter of a cent for four years and increase personal income tax only on those earning more than $250,000 for seven years. Before you vote, ask yourself if you really want to be locked into paying more in income taxes for 12 years (Prop 38) or pay a minimal sales tax increase (Prop 30). If Obama is re-elected, we will be paying even MORE taxes for healthcare! What happened to the California Lottery that was set up specifically to "fund" our schools? We need a Proposition to fix the allocation of lottery money, not another tax increase!
Bill Board November 06, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Yes Lily, and if you believe that, you probably believe that the lottery money is helping schools as well. NO on any tax increase (30 or 38), don't let them pull your compassion strings...they are leeches and vampires draining this state. There are plenty of other things they can cut, besides schools, police and fire.....make them earn their paychecks and figure it out or be replaced!!
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