Sep 1 2012

Forum on School Funding and Proposition 30 on September 19

 Impacts on Piedmont Schools Depend on November Vote-

The Piedmont League of Women Voters will present a  forum titled “School Funding—Why Proposition 30 Matters to You” on Wednesday, September 19, from 7:3o to 9 p.m. at the Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont.  The program is free and open to the public.

Damon Smith, Associate Superintendent of Business Services, Alameda County Office of Education, will be the featured speaker. Mr. Smith will discuss Proposition 30 and a competing tax measure, Proposition 38, both of which will be decided by voters in the November election.  Mr. Smith brings a wealth of experience in state-wide school finance and will be joined by Piedmont School District Superintendent Constance Hubbard, who will address impacts of the state tax measures on Piedmont schools.  There will be a question and answer period following the presentations and information on how citizens can be involved to support funding for schools.

In state by state comparisons, California ranks among the lowest, at 47th place, in per-student funding and has the largest class sizes in the nation.  In the last four years, California’s schools have lost $20 billion through budget cuts.

Proposition 30 will raise $6 billion a year in new revenue, primarily for California public schools and colleges.  The state budget assumes that voters will approve this measure, which increases the sales tax rate by one-quarter cent for four years and the personal income tax rates for upper-income taxpayers for seven years.  If Proposition 30 does not pass, California schools and colleges face $6 billion in cuts.  Piedmont schools stand to lose $1.1 million, approximately $441 per student, by mid-year, January, 2013.

The California League of Women Voters has endorsed Proposition 30 and is neutral on Proposition 38.

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