Last night, I went to sleep with a sense of doom. Proposition 30 was going down and Prop. 38 was dead in the water. But this morning was a whole new day; overnight, Proposition 30 won and next year public school students won’t get out of school in May, my boys’ beloved Kindergarten teacher will still have her job, and their class sizes won’t explode.
Governor Jerry Brown’s tax increase just passed and there are already positive signs. In Los Angeles, the teachers union today asked to have all 10 of their furlough days revoked, according to the Los Angeles Times. If accepted, that means that the kids will get back 5 more instructional days. California Community Colleges say 20,000 more students will be served because of the tax money from Prop. 30 and California State Universities will revoke its tuition hike.
The news of Prop. 30, plus the way that President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney so soundly, renewed my faith in humanity. Really, not to be too dramatic, but it was incredible to feel for a night that we had won.
But that said, I’m not kidding myself in believing that the California government won’t try to use that tax money on something else other than children and college students. Or that Obama won’t break all of the promises he made during the campaign.
Right now, today, it just feels good.
Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles and Orange County.