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Prop 38 - "Our Children, Our Future"

posted Oct 7, 2012, 10:44 AM by IT Admin
An Overview of Proposition 38- Formerly Known as “Our Children, Our Future”.

Instead of investing in our schools, our political leaders from both parties have been cutting. Since 2008, they've cut school budgets by $20 billion. Over 40,000 educators have been laid off, and California now has the largest class sizes in the nation.

Our children deserve better.

Prop 38 raises $10 billion a year for schools, puts it into a secure trust fund that Sacramento politicians can't touch, and distributes the money evenly on a per-child basis to every public school.

Proposition 38 is the only true education initiative on the ballot because it guarantees that new education dollars go straight to every local school, and can be used to restore cuts to improve student learning.

What Does Prop 38 do for California?
  • Restores all the budget cuts so schools can rehire teachers and provide a well-rounded education that includes art, music, gym, sciences, technical education and college preparation
  • Prohibits Sacramento politicians from touching the new education funds raised by the initiative, so that it all goes per student directly to local schools
  • Guarantees local control and requires input from parents and teachers to decide how the money is spent, and requires public reporting on whether goals were achieved
  • The new funds going to each school site must be spent at that school to improve student results
How Does Prop 38 Work?
  • Proposition 38 asks everyone to contribute something towards the cost of improving our schools because we all share in the benefits better schools will bring to our economy and our community
  • Prop 38 raises ten billion dollars annually to restore school funding by raising rates on income after all deductions, using a sliding scale based on the ability to pay, with the wealthiest Californians paying the most
  • Incomes over a million dollars would pay an average of $77,000, while incomes between $25,000 - $50,000 would average just $54 a year
  • Prop 38 is a reasonable approach to restoring school funding, and improving schools will be good for California’s businesses and economy.
The information provided above has been adopted from the Proposition 38 website

I would encourage everyone to visit the website to learn more about how much our schools will benefit from this initiative. Please email me at advocacy@smithpta.org with questions. I am also in the process of putting together a website with accurate information on both propositions which should be available by the end of this week. One last note- it is your right to vote, and to vote how you decide. 

You can vote for both proposition 30 and 38, either one, or none of them. It’s up to you. Should both 30 and 38 pass, however, only the proposition with the majority votes will be enacted- the other will be canceled-out. I will be providing you with more information on both propositions in October so that you can make your decision based on the facts. Thank you for loving your kids and being a member of the PTA.
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