Teachers at La Jolla Elementary partnered with the parent-led organization, Educate Our State, to host a “Vote YES for Education” rally during drop off Thursday morning. Approximately forty teachers, parents and students held signs, passed out fliers and collected “Vote for Education” pledges to the hundreds of parents dropping off their kids at school.
Both groups are trying to inform the public on the importance of the upcoming election with regards to Education. Teachers distributed fliers asking parents to vote YES on Proposition 30 and NO on Proposition 32 while the Educate Our State fliers publicized the need to vote YES on both Propositions 30 and 38, explaining that if both pass, only the one with the most votes will take effect.
"History has shown us that tax measures are VERY hard to pass in California," An Educate Our State board member said. "If the 55% of voters who support education initiatives start picking which initiative they think is a little bit better, the vote will split and both initiatives will fail. On the other hand, if both initiatives pass, we will be sending a strong message to Sacramento that ducation should be made a priority again. If they fail, state leaders might believe voters don’t care – which would be devastating for the future of our children and our state."
Since the revenue from Proposition 30 is already included in this year’s budget, districts up and down the state had to prepare for drastic cuts in case the proposition fails. Many districts, including San Diego Unified, opted to rehire thousands of pink-slipped teachers to keep class-size down and instead will shorten the school year by up to three weeks if Proposition 30 does not pass.
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