This is a guest post by Los Angeles Unified School District Parent Jennie Fahn.
There are two very important education funding initiatives on the ballot this November- Propositions 30 and 38. If one of these education initiatives isn’t passed by voters, K-12 public schools will face a devastating $4.9 billion in trigger cuts. If they fail, students could lose up to three weeks of school. (In other words, “Happy Mother’s Day – school’s out!”) Enough is enough.
One of the greatest tools we have at our disposal is our right to vote. Your children do not yet have this right, so you MUST speak for them! Do not let them down! Here are the facts: ONE of these initiatives must pass in order to avoid devastating cuts. The fact that both are on the ballot in the same year is a case of unfortunate politics. If you vote YES for both, you raise the chances that at least one will pass. If both pass, they are mutually exclusive and will not both go into effect; you will NOT be double-taxed. (The proposition that passes with more votes will be the one that goes into effect.)
We need a majority of voters to get one of these vital propositions passed and not let our students fall into the ranks of the least educated in this country. Please remind your private school friends that they also depend on public school students, as do retirees, as does EVERYONE – our students are the future of California! Voting Yes/Yes on Propositions 30 and 38 is easy. Losing three weeks of school is hard. For more information on the propositions (including an unbiased breakdown of the propositions from the Office of the Legislative Analyst) go to EducateOurState.org.
Your vote is your child’s voice! Unite our voices in support of education and the future of California. If parents, neighbors, friends, students and grandparents all vote, we can give our kids the education they deserve!