Superintendent Raymond’s message on the upcoming election
Measures on the November 6 ballot impact our schools
Dear SCUSD Families and Friends:
In our classrooms, we teach students about the importance of civic responsibility. In a democratic society, we all have a duty to stay informed on the issues and to make our voices heard. On November 6, voters will go to the polls to weigh in on measures that affect our schools, including Proposition 30.The failure of Proposition 30 could result in the shortening of this school year by up to two weeks. I urge you to take the time to learn about this measure and others and to vote.
Proposition 30 is sponsored by Governor Jerry Brown and is part of the 2012-13 budget approved by state lawmakers. It would raise new state revenue through temporary increases in the state sales tax and the personal income tax on those who earn $250,000 or more per year. If it fails, the state will make nearly $6 billion in mid-year trigger cuts to education. Sacramento City Unified School District’s share of those cuts is $15 million. To account for this huge loss of funding – which is on top of $28 million already slashed from the 2012-13 budget — we will be forced to cut the school calendar by as much as 10 days.
Voters in November will also weigh in on Proposition 38, backed by civil rights attorney Molly Munger and state PTA. Proposition 38 would raise personal income taxes on most California taxpayers until 2024. Revenue raised would be spent on K-12 schools, child care and preschool programs and state debt payments.
The SCUSD Board of Education adopted Resolution 2700 on April 19 endorsing both Proposition 30 and Proposition 38. You can read the resolution here.
SCUSD cannot tell people how to vote, and SCUSD employees are precluded by law from using tax-supported resources, time or equipment to lobby either for or against any ballot measure.
We can, however, share factual information about a ballot measure’s impact. Members of the SCUSD community are free to participate in political activities on their own time and using their own resources.
Modeling good citizenship is everyone’s job. Let’s continue to do our best to raise awareness of these important issues that have the potential to dramatically impact our schools.
Jonathan P. Raymond