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Pop Quiz on Proposition 38

Decisions in the voting booth should not be like the dreaded pop quiz. Find out more about Prop. 38.

Decisions in the voting booth should not be like the dreaded pop quiz.

"Gee… I wish I had spent a little more time studying this so I know the answer."

This November, the children of California are counting on you to have done your homework. You will be deciding on the education and future of an entire generation of children.

The California State Parent Teacher Association helped write and supports Proposition 38 because California needs to start to restore education programs at every public school.

Now--let's pretend you are getting ready to decide how to vote.  Over the next couple of weeks, I will be giving you short little quizzes so you know what is in Proposition 38. 

The title of Proposition 38 is:

TAX TO FUND EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Here is the first quiz.

Read the following information copied from Proposition 38 and then answer a few short questions.

e) “Educational program” means expenditures for the following purposes at a K–12 schoolsite, approved at a public hearing by the governing board of the LEA with jurisdiction over the school, to improve the pupils’ academic performance, graduation rates, and vocational, career, college, and life readiness:

 (1) Instruction in the arts, physical education, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, history, civics, financial literacy, English and foreign languages, and technical, vocational, or career education.

(2) Smaller class sizes.

(3) More counselors, librarians, school nurses, and other support staff at the schoolsite.

(4) Extended learning time through longer school days or longer school years, summer school, preschool, after school enrichment programs, and tutoring.

(5) Additional social and academic support for English language learners, low-income pupils, and pupils with special needs.

(6) Alternative education models that build pupils’ capacity for critical thinking and creativity.

(7) More communication and engagement with parents as true partners with schools in helping all children succeed.

Here are the questions:

1.  Does Proposition 38 tell you what the money can be spent on at our schools?

2.  Can Proposition 38 be used to pay for extended learning time?

3.  Can Proposition 38 be used to pay for smaller class sizes?

Answer: Yes for all questions.

Find out what your school will receive at www.prop38forlocalschools.org/restore.

Now that you’ve taken the first quiz, check back next week to learn more about Prop 38.

Carol Kocivar is the president of the California Parent Teacher Association.

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Milan Moravec October 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Examples of how Prop 30 38 funds will be spent. Are these your choices? University of California Chancellor Birgeneau ($450,000), Provost Breslauer ($306,000) pick pockets of in-state students, their parents clean. Birgeneau’s, Provost’s tuition increases ranked public Cal. the # 1 most expensive (during the greatest recession of modern times) for in-state students. B & B’s 14% annual tuition increases (2006 – 20012) illustrates an out of touch, self-serving Cal. senior management. Robert J Birgeneau and Provost forget they are public servants, stewards of the public money, not overseers of their own fiefdom. Let’s review how they used tax funding: Pay ex-politician $300,000 for several lectures; Recruit affluent foreign & affluent out of state students who displace qualified instate applicants; Spend millions (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same at 0 cost) for OE consultants to remove Chancellor, Provost created inefficiencies but prevent OE from examining Cal. senior management. Email marsha.kelman@ucop.edu Calif. State Senators, Assembly Members (The author has 35 years’ management consulting, taught at Cal. where he observed the culture & ways of senior management & yes was not fired).
Andrew Peceimer October 22, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Milan, You make some great points. Too bad the students typically do not have any idea who is getting rich off their tution.
Milan Moravec October 23, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Einstein on Prop. 30, Prop. 38 – “Spending more money on doing what has been done in the past and hoping for a better outcome is insanity”. Have the innovative, thoughtful, insightful, creative teachers and faculty create methodologies to increase learning with significantly reduced resources $. Be American do more with less! No on 30, No on 38 and No on 32
Louis Educe October 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM
For full information on the tax increase you all will have to pay until the year 2025 go to http://www.prop38forlocalschools.org/read-the-initiative.aspx and scroll down to section 8 FYI - if you make between 48 K and 100 K you will be billed between $368 and $400 EACH year for 12 years PLUS a 1.6% add on. NOTE this is a 12 year plan until 2025 Prop 30 is a 4 year plan - 1/4 cent sales tax increase and "marginal" (less than 1%) increase in income tax for those who make $200 000 or more. Most middle and lower income people will ONLY have to pay the sales tax. (Which is a Penny = 0.01 more on every $4.00) Yes the Prop 38 money goes to schools but it is K-12 ONLY. the state's colleges and universities will become unaffordable for a vast majority of CA "in state tuition" payers. as they have said that if Prop 30 is not passed they WILL have to raise tuition by 10-25%. Also State based aid will dry up too. While Prop 38 has many good ideas, now is not the time to pass this with Brown having to make cuts if Prop 30 does not pass. ALSO know that BOTH can't pass. Whichever one has the most votes goes into effect and overrides the other.
Andrew Peceimer October 25, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Since Gov. Brown and the state legislature have us billions of dollars in debt, why would anyone trust them again and want to give them more money? http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-california-debt-clock.html Vote No on Prop 30 and 38!

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