Californians Prioritize School Counselors Over School Police, Two to One

A recent survey from the California Endowment asked parents of school-aged children and other voters in the state what school safety measures were most important to them, and they overwhelmingly chose a school counselor or psychologist in every school as opposed to an armed officer or other security personnel. The LA Times reported additionally that When asked whether hiring a school counselor or ... »

The November 2012 Save California Public Schools Toolkit

The November 2012 Save California Public Schools Toolkit

Step 1: Get informed. We’re on the verge of either saving our public schools from an annual cycle of disinvestment caused by budget cuts ($20 billion in the past 5 years) — or setting off harmful triggers if the November 2012 ballot initiatives to fund K-12 (or K-14) don’t pass. Proposition 30 and Proposition 38 are the two main solutions we can choose to revitalize our chronical... »

California Secretary of State’s Official Titles and Summaries of Proposition 30 and Proposition 38

These are reproduced from pdfs found on the California Secretary of State’s website and are the official titles and summaries of Propositions 30 and 38. Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. CA Proposition 30: TEMPORARY TAXES TO FUND EDUCATION. GUARANTEED LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDING. INITIATIVE CO…... »

California Budget Project’s Analysis of Propositions 30 and 38, For November 2012

California Budget Project’s Analysis of Propositions 30 and 38, For November 2012

California Budget Project‘s Senior Policy Analyst and specialist in education issues, Jonathan Kaplan, recently released Budget Briefs analyzing the potential impact of two ballot initiatives in California that propose to fund K-12 education. This November, voters will decide if they want to vote for one, both, or none, and in order to do so, they’ll have to understand what each one ac... »

Los Angeles Unified School District, Proposition 39, Co-location Issues & Charter Schools

To my great surprise, LAUSD has pushed back on a judge’s ruling that the district give facilities to charter schools seeking more space in existing public schools. Of the judge’s order, which would affect up to 45 charter schools, Superintendent of Los Angeles public schools John Deasy and the LAUSD school board say … that it would require L.A. Unified to displace students from t... »

Three CA Education Revenue Initiatives for November, 2012? A Comparison, Because Voters Will Probably Only Support One

A comparison of 3 ballot initiatives to fund education in CA: Molly Munger's Our Children, Our Future; Governor Brown's Schools and Public Safety Act; and the Courage Campaign's Millionaire's Tax, all of which are seeking signatures to become ballot initiatives offered to the public for votes in November, 2012. Which one? Hard to say -- the three entities should swallow their egos and combine the ... »

Blocking Governor Jerry Brown's Budget for California: David Koch's Americans For Prosperity, and Supermajority Rules

How did a handful of the GOP hijack the democratic process determining the state budget in California? Through "supermajority" rules and a little Americans For Prosperity astroturf meddling, that's how. Here are some possible leverage points to use when you call the GOP 5. »

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