We can't afford any more cuts to schools and vital servcies! The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012 is the only initiative that takes care of the whole state, by replenishing the General Fund.
The CTA State Council of Education endorsed the initiative this weekend. Your CUEA State Council Representatives (Zeke Barragan; Joy Schnapper; Vicki Soderberg, Mike Weinell and Christy Watson) voted to support this new initiative, which is a compromise between the original Brown tax measure and the so-called "Millionaires Tax."
The act asks the richest Californians to pay their fair share to help fund public education and vital public services, pays down the debt we owe to schools, and does not raise income taxes on the poor or middle class. This initiative guarantees that new revenue for education will be spent on schools at the local level, not administrative costs or Sacramento bureaucracy.
Why does CUSD need this tax measure?
For the past three years the state has paid CUSD 80 cents for every dollar owed to us; for the upcoming school year it will decrease that funding to 77 cents on the dollar. Additionally, CUSD will lose federal stimulus money for the first time in three years, and is declining in enrollment.