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CA PTA calls for state ballot measure to restore education funding

posted Nov 1, 2011, 8:12 AM by IT Admin

October 31, 2011
PTA calls for state ballot measure
to restore education funding


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Dear PTA leaders and members:
The California State PTA is calling for a November 2012 ballot measure to begin restoring education programs for our students.
At our October meeting, the State Board of Managers approved a motion to support a united effort to restore education funding, including urging state leaders, organizations, businesses and individuals to work together to qualify and pass a measure for the ballot. 

This action was taken in direct response to your input, including resolutions approved at our convention. In our recent annual survey, adequate state funding for education was again your resounding priority: 98.6 percent of respondents said it was important or extremely important;  89.2 percent singled it out as extremely important. No other issue came close to this level of support.
You have spoken loudly and clearly, and so together we will take action. While November 2012 may seem like a long way off, it is not. We must start now.
In the survey and in our resolutions, you have made it clear that you believe schools must have adequate funding to ensure every student has access to a complete education that includes physical education, arts and music, libraries and counselors, as well as STEM instruction (science, technology, engineering and math).
While talk in Sacramento often centers on the reform of the week, we know that what matters most to our members is what happens on the ground in our schools and in our children’s classrooms each day.
You want smaller class sizes, a complete curriculum, good teachers, and support services to keep children healthy and safe.
In PTA, we’re passionate, but we’re also realistic. We understand it typically takes a lot of money to qualify and pass a statewide ballot initiative. While we are not an organization that can write a big check to get a measure on the ballot, we have something even more valuable – you.
Together we are nearly 1 million parents, educators, grandparents, aunts, uncles, students and others who care deeply about the damage inflicted by year after year of budget cuts.
We know you will fight for every child and that together we can create the broad public support and true grass-roots engagement that will be needed to help qualify and pass a ballot measure.
We know that public education is our collective responsibility and that we must all step up to restore its promise.  California must provide quality education today to lead us to a more prosperous tomorrow.
In addition to our survey, we are guided in our efforts by our legislation platform that was approved by thousands of you at convention. This calls for a strong and broadly based tax structure that is fair and equitable but that also puts the needs of all children and youth as our highest priority.
Now, more than ever, we must act to secure the financing for public education that will allow us to fulfill our promise of providing a quality education for all students.
In the coming weeks we will provide additional information about ways you can get involved in this vital effort.

Carol Kocivar
California State PTA