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School Districts Celebrate Prop. 30's Passage

Local school districts officials say Gov. Jerry’s Brown’s tax increase saves schools from massive budget cuts, furlough days and shortened school years.

In a tight race, Proposition 30, Governor Jerry Brown’s tax increase, emerged victorious Tuesday night, saving schools from a $5.4 billion mandatory cut.

The measure earned 53.9 percent of the votes, despite trailing for most of the night. Aimed at funding for cash-strapped K-12 programs, the measure will temporarily raise the income tax for Californians making more than $250,000 a year.

In Glendora, school district officials let out a sigh of relief. Had the measure not pass, Glendora schools faced cuts of up to $3.5 million.

“It is fantastic for our kids, that they avoided another cut to their education,” said Glendora Unified Superintendent Dr. Robert Voors.

In the months leading up to the election, the likelihood of California voters approving a tax increase appeared grim.

Voors said the school district prepared to make the possible $3.5 million cut with furlough days and a shortened school year.

At Charter Oak Unified, schools braced for a possible $2.5 million cut. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hendricks said the academic year would have been shortened up to 15 days to make up for the deficit.

Starting Jan. 1, Proposition 30 will raise the state’s sales tax by a quarter of a cent for the next four years. Individuals who make $250,000 or more, and households that make $500,000, will see their income taxes rise 3 percentage points for seven years. The tax is expected to raise $6 billion for the state’s general fund and education.

But district officials say public schools are still not spared from future budget woes.

“This is not increasing funding for public schools. It’s only preventing a promised cut,” said Hendricks. “We are still way, way behind in funding levels from 2007-2008. We’re still operating at 20 percent less per student.”

Voors cited ongoing state deferrals and a 20 percent deficit factor facing schools.

“We are thrilled that we be able to offer a full year of instruction, but we still have concerns about the state’s ability to fund education adequately,” said Voors.

Eric Smith November 08, 2012 at 08:23 PM
sorry - legislator...
Abby Ulm November 08, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I believe the section that Clark referenced above is the loophole. Regarding California being regarded as The Welfare State... Considering that 1/3 of the entire nation's welfare recipients reside in our state (and we get no more federal funding than other states to ease the burden of that), there's been an astronomical increase in the amount of people on welfare and Calfresh (food stamps) in the last four years, and the fact that they are actively campaigning to get more people on Calfresh (have you seen/heard the ads?), no I don't think it's an overstatement to say that in 10-20 years CA will be the Welfare State. Maybe you're shielded from it and don't see it as often as I do, but I see evidence of the abuse of the welfare system all around me (literally, my neighbors on both sides are on it) on a daily basis. So forgive me for not "looking on the bright side," but I don't see any evidence of it turning around. I believe that's the mess this state has created for itself. If I'm wrong, I'll be more than happy to eat crow from my affordable home in another state. :)
Greg Peterson November 09, 2012 at 02:25 AM
if our state stopped paying the way for ilegal immigrants healthcare, welfare, housing, education etc...then there would be a lot more funds for those that live here legally, including education. also with obumer back in office, he, his lib friends and union leaders are going to push for illegal immigration reform that will allow the milliions of illegals here now to stay. How can any union worker, i am one (public), be happy with their union leaders when they support allowing illegals to stay and compete for American jobs with the millions of Americans out of work. and when these illegals cant find a job...more welfare.
Eric Smith November 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I have always believed we are a nation of immigrants who detest immigrants (legal and illegal). From the earliest settlement of those who were not the right Christians to the influx of the lousy Irish, the horific Italians and the sinister Eastern/Southern Europeans. We then turned our disgust to the loathesome Chinese the suspect Japanese and always anyone from Mexico and points south. Our history of immigration is one of "who should we restrict now" to "these people are cheating the system". We have always and will continue to have immigration problems. They are forever taking good jobs from the people who are already here. I am suggesting that there is not an issue. OF course their is - and it will continue ad infinitum as our country is a destination for those who want to better themselves, increase the opportunity for their chidren and provide a place for the rights that all people should have. I almost think we should worry more when folks stop wanting to come here. I don't pretend to have an answer - for as many answers as there are - there will always be one more question. All I know is that it is not going away anytime soon. I wonder which group we will focus on next? I say let's get a jump on complaining about the Sudanese, the East Timorians an the Bahamians! Job Takers all...
Eric Smith November 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I really need to proofread better... "I am NOT suggesting that there is NOT an issue. Of course there is"

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