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Our Children, Our Future : Update March 25, 2012

posted Mar 26, 2012, 12:11 PM by IT Admin

Dear HBCSD/HBUHSD parents,

Please find attached facts about the Our Children, Our Future initiative.  Also, please see the summary below-

You’ve probably heard about the Governor’s initiative for education.  Analysts project that if the Governor’s initiative passes in November, schools will be further cut $87 per pupil and if his initiative doesn’t pass, we will be cut$459 per pupil – which is devastating.  

There is a better solution- California PTA is supporting Our Children, Our Future which you can view in detail at www.OurChildrenOurFuture2012.com. 

In summary, this initiative is the only one that:

  • Raises $10 Billion a year for our schools (yes with a B)
  • Funds cannot be taken by the state- these funds are required to go directly to our schools and kids.
  • Restores a well-rounded education to our kids
  • Requires community input on how to spend these funds
  • Ensures accountability
  • Funds early childhood education
  • Gets our fiscal house in order

If the Our Children, Our Future initiative passes, what does that mean to our schools in Huntington Beach?

  • HBCSD is projected to receive an additional amount of: $1,592,354 (2013-2014),  $2,769,977 (by 2017-2018) and $3,747,331 (by 2023-2024)
  • HBUHSD is projected to receive an additional amount of: $16,289,409 (2013-2014),  $28,336,200 (by 2017-2018) and $38,334,318 (by 2023-2024)
  • This is in addition to the currently projected revenues, not instead of.  This is the ONLY initiative that will significantly restore education funding and programs.

This will help us restore programs that other states still have, reduce class sizes, restore full time nurse, librarian (as examples).

Bottom line…  we need you more than ever.  In order for this initiative to even make it to the ballot, we need your signature and signatures of all your friends, neighbors and family.  Please consider signing this petition.

To learn more, ask questions and make a difference.  On Wednesday, March 28th there will be a casual event at Gina Gleason’s porch to ask questions and sign petitions.  Gina Gleasons house is at 806 Main Street from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  Also, look for PTA members at Smith and Dwyer on Fridays from 8:00-8:45 am (Smith) and 8:15-9:00 am (Dwyer).  We hope that you will sign the petition so that all Californians can decide in November whether this initiative is the best one for K-12 public education.  The great Wayne Gretzky once said, “you will miss 100% of the shots you never take”- let’s not miss this shot for all our kids.

See you there and thank you,

Bridget Kaub

Smith and Dwyer PTA Legislative Representative

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IT Admin,
Mar 26, 2012, 12:11 PM