- What local school leaders are saying about Proposition 30
President, Lodi Teacher’s Association
“We’re very happy the voters of California realize our students can’t afford to have any more cuts to our classrooms. Hopefully this could mean a restoration of instructional days, reduce class sizes, and LUSD could recognize the concessions and burdens our teachers have shouldered.”
Chief business officer for Lodi Unified School District
“It means we don’t have to look at making $11 million in reductions. Now we know we can live within what we have, but we don’t see any new dollars in the system this year or any future years.”
Galt Joint Union High School District superintendent
“It represents some flat funding for us to where we don’t have to do further cuts. It’s not quite enough to get us to where we’re running new programs, but we did take a collective sigh of relief.”
Lodi Unified School District superintendent
“It is important to keep in mind that Prop. 30 does not provide new money to schools. It will help the state pay back the deferrals. We continue to be concerned about cash, as Prop. 30 does not solve the problem.”
School board member, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District
“It’s not necessarily that public education has hit the jackpot. It’s more about stopping the cuts. It would be nice if we could get to a point where we were spending more of our time on learning outcomes rather than how to stretch a dollar. There’s a huge sense of relief, but I don’t feel celebratory at all.”
Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 am
Local schools are pleased that Proposition 30 passed, but officials say it's far from a full solution for a broken California education system. The proposition created temporary taxes to fund education and guaranteed local public safety funding.
The measure will increase taxes on earnings over $250,000 for seven years and sales taxes by a quarter-cent for four years. This is projected to average about $6 billion in revenue annually over the next few years. That money will go to prevent planned spending cuts for the 2012-13 school year. The money will also be available for the state's general fund.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 am.