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Pop Quiz on Prop. 38—One More Time

California PTA president provides information about Proposition 38.

If you are like most Californians, you know our schools are in trouble.

And you care deeply about YOUR local school...

But you have not had enough time to study the initiatives.

Here is a chance to learn more about Proposition 38—so that when you enter the voting booth, it does not feel like that dreaded pop quiz.

The California State PTA helped write and is supporting Proposition 38 to restore the programs and services that have been cut at all our local schools.

Ready?

Let’s start.   (Don’t miss the question for extra points at the end!)

Here is the title of Proposition 38

TAX TO FUND EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Read the following quotes in italics from the Independent Legislative Analyst and then see if you can answer the quiz.

“Fiscal Effect

Around $10 Billion of Additional Annual State Revenues. In the initial years—beginning in 2013–14—the annual amount of additional state revenues raised would be around $10 billion. …The total revenues generated would tend to grow over time.

Distributes School Funds Through Three Grant Programs.

Proposition 38 requires that CETF school funds be allocated as follows:

Educational Program Grants (70 Percent of Funds). The largest share of funds—70 percent of all CETF school funding—would be distributed based on the number of students at each school. …Educational program grants could be spent on a broad range of activities, including instruction, school support staff (such as counselors and librarians), and parent engagement.

Low-Income Student Grants (18 Percent of Funds). The measure requires that 18 percent of CETF school funds be allocated at one statewide rate based on the number of low-income students (defined as the number of students eligible for free school meals) enrolled in each school. As with the educational program grants, low-income student grants could be spent on a broad range of educational activities. 

Training, Technology, and Teaching Materials Grants (12 Percent of Funds). The remaining 12 percent of funds would be allocated at one statewide rate based on the number of students at each school. The funds could be used only for training school staff and purchasing up-to-date technology and teaching materials.

Quiz

  1. Does Proposition 38 raise about $ 10 billion per year?
  2. Does Proposition 38 require the funds to be spent at each school based on the number of students?
  3. Does Proposition 38 provide extra funding for low-income students at their school?
  4. Does Proposition 38 help teachers with training, technology and teaching materials?

Answer:

Yes to all questions

QUESTION FOR EXTRA POINTS

How much money will your local school receive?

Click here to find out:  www.prop38forlocalschools.org/restore.

Now that you’ve taken the quiz, check back again to learn more about Prop 38.

Carol Kocivar is the president of the California Parent Teacher Association.

markgarcie October 23, 2012 at 06:11 AM
The other night at the presentation on prop 38, it was presented that the first 5 years 30% would go towards the general fund, and then after that it would go to schools. Not that it is bad or good thing, just within the proposal...so like 30, some of the money would go to off set general fund shortfalls. Also, what would happen between the vote and the year that the money would filter into the state? After back filling the schedule funding cuts, how much of a increase would there really be.
KB October 23, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Read Our Lips: No New Taxes!!! No on 30 Yes on 32 No on 38 No on Measure Y
On the right side October 23, 2012 at 04:36 PM
ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!
TVOR October 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM
NEVER vote for new taxes no matter what they say it will do. They will turn around and appropriate the funds and spend them on porkbarrel bullshit.
TVOR October 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM
NEVER vote for new taxes no matter what they say it will do. They will turn around and appropriate the funds and spend them on porkbarrel bullshit.
Gregory Brittain October 24, 2012 at 09:34 AM
In considering how to vote on Props 30, 32 and 38, and whether to vote for Dems, please see what the Dems and government employee unions have done (and are trying to do) to CA, and how well they are spending our money. (part 1) http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/09/breaking-bad-california-vs-the-other-states/ [Unless otherwise noted, all citations are to this article, which has links to the supporting data.] “Adjusted for inflation, California’s government spending increased 42 percent per capita from 2000 to 2010.” http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/10/reason-rupe-poll-california-voters-moving-towards-wisconsin-like-government-reforms/ "The study, conducted by the Center for Government Analysis (CGA), found that total expenditures by the State of California to finance salaries and pension benefits for State workers grew three times as fast as the per capita personal income of all Californians." http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/10/alarming-compensation-trends-for-state-workers/ “CA public school teachers the highest paid in the nation. CA students rank 48th in math achievement, 49th in reading.” CA pays ~ 3X more per inmate as TX, but CA is releasing criminals back onto the street. http://reason.org/news/show/private-prisons-save-california-bil
Gregory Brittain October 24, 2012 at 09:34 AM
part 2 Please see http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/09/breaking-bad-california-vs-the-other-states/ [Unless otherwise noted, all citations are to this article, which has links to the supporting data.] "California has the 2nd worst state income tax in the nation. 9.3% tax bracket starts at $48,029 for people filing as individuals. 10.3% tax starts at $1,000,000. Governor Brown has put on the ballot a prop to change the “millionaires’ tax” to 13.3%, starting at $500,000 – including capital gains. If approved, CA will be by far #1 in income tax rates. We will be 21% higher than the 2nd highest state (Hawaii), 34% higher than the 3rd highest state (Oregon), and a heck of a lot higher than all the rest – including six states with zero state income tax." "CA has the highest state sales tax rate in the nation. 7.25% (does not include local sales taxes)." "CA has the 3rd highest state unemployment rate. (July, 2012) – 10.7%." "California has 12% of the nation’s population, but 33% of the country’s TANF (“Temporary” Assistance for Needy Families) welfare recipients – more than the next 7 states combined." "California now has the 2nd lowest bond rating of any state." "America’s top 650 CEO’s rank California “the worst state in which to do business” for the 8th straight year." "California small businesses failed in 2011 at a rate 69% higher than the national average — the worst state in the nation."
Gregory Brittain October 24, 2012 at 09:34 AM
part 3 http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/09/breaking-bad-california-vs-the-other-states/ [Unless otherwise noted, all citations are to this article, which has links to the supporting data.] "From 2007 through 2010, 10,763 industrial facilities were built or expanded across the country — but only 176 of those were in CA. So with roughly 12% of the nation’s population, CA got 1.6% of the built or expanded industrial facilities." "California residential electricity costs an average of 29.2% more than the national average (significantly higher in San Diego and Orange counties). For industrial use, CA electricity is 59.8% higher than the national average (average for 2011)." "CA has now instituted the highest “cap and trade” tax in the nation – indeed, the ONLY such U.S. tax. One study estimates the annual cost at $3,857 per household by 2020. Even proponents concede that it will have zero impact on global warming." Vote for Jobs http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LRSbH73-oqM Not more government and taxes.
Gregory Brittain October 24, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Part 4 To the proponents and defenders of the government run education system, please explain the following chart showing per student education spending in government run schools 1919-2007 adjusted for inflation. http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/tables/dt09_182.asp The total per student education spending in government run schools in constant 2007-2008 dollars was: 1949-1950 $2377 1969-1970 $5593 1979-1980 $6792 1989-1990 $9248 1999-2000 $10,741 2006-2007 $12,463 And what happened to the quality of government run education over that time? California currently spends > $11,000 per student. http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2011/calfacts/calfacts_010511.aspx (p. 13) If you gave them K-12 Scholarships for $11,000 each, you would schools lined up at their doors to provide education. There is nothing like competition to improve quality and reduce cost.
Gregory Brittain October 24, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Part 5 (higher education) Please see: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/septemberoctober_2011/features/administrators_ate_my_tuition031641.php Some highlights: “Since 1980, inflation- adjusted tuition at public universities has tripled; at private universities it has more than doubled.” Are the universities spending the additional money in ways that make college education better, never mind 3X better? “Between 1975 and 2005, total spending by American higher educational institutions, stated in constant dollars, tripled, to more than $325 billion per year.” “Over the same period, the faculty-to-student ratio has remained fairly constant, at approximately fifteen or sixteen students per instructor. One thing that has changed, dramatically, is the administrator-per-student ratio. In 1975, colleges employed one administrator for every eighty-four students and one professional staffer—admissions officers, information technology specialists, and the like—for every fifty students. By 2005, the administrator-to-student ratio had dropped to one administrator for every sixty-eight students while the ratio of professional staffers had dropped to one for every twenty-one students.” The number of administrators at the UC and CSU systems has grown by 212% since 1993. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/05/can-california-be-fixed/ In the private sector, we have to prioritize how to spend our money.
Gregory Brittain October 24, 2012 at 09:36 AM
part 6 I believe that if either tax increase passes, it will make CA’s budget deficit and education funding worse. Added to CA’s anti business polices, the tax increase will drive more successful people and businesses out of CA. The wealthy are most able to move themselves or their money out of CA, e.g. make the second home in Incline Village, NV their primary residence. Leaving tax increases aside, if you are so worried about more money for schools, why don’t you work on improving CA’s terrible business climate to attract more business and jobs and hence tax revenue? One telling statistic, "From 2007 through 2010, 10,763 industrial facilities were built or expanded across the country — but only 176 of those were in CA. So with roughly 12% of the nation’s population, CA got 1.6% of the built or expanded industrial facilities." http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/09/breaking-bad-california-vs-the-other-states/ CA has to compete with other states and counties for investment and jobs. CA should be the #1 place to start or expand a business. If CA had a business climate to match its natural (weather) climate, [if Romney and the Reps win the national election, that would be a big help b/c 1.3% national growth limits what any state can do] you would see an explosion of growth, jobs and tax revenue to CA government. Chasing tax revenue with higher tax rates is a futile losing exercise.
V.W.D.S. October 24, 2012 at 05:16 PM
More money,more money and our schools are still a mess! MAYBE its NOT the money?! SAY NO !
Carolyn October 28, 2012 at 06:57 PM
What is your evidence that our schools are a mess? We have an API score of 920/1000. That's a very high score. Quite the opposite of a mess!
Carolyn October 28, 2012 at 07:09 PM
If Prop. 30 fails, there will be an immediate trigger cut of $6 billion dollars. We are just asking the public to decide between draconian spending cuts or raising revenues. We will abide by that decision. If we cut education by $6 billion more dollars than has already been cut during the past 5 years, I hope that people won't blame the teachers for the education system's failures. As all of you "privatization business" people know, you get what you pay for. We can only do so much when we have huge class sizes, limited supplies, and failing infrastructure. We have been trying our hardest to "take one for the team" (cutting our salaries, raising our insurance costs, paying for all of our own supplies, rising tuition costs for our own children, cutting aides and paraprofessionals), but we can't continue to provide everything to every family and student without support. Remember WE are not to blame for the pension issues you hear about. We pay and our districts pay into our own pensions and we only receive an average of $48,000 a year in pensions after working our whole lives in education. I personally will only receive 1,800 a month in pension after I retire, which is only 21,600 a year. I don't collect social security either when I retire, even though I paid into it for 15 years, so that 21,600 a year is my living wage for my retirement. I'm desperately trying to pay off my house and car bill before I retire so I can live on that 21,600 a year.
Kevin Clark November 03, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I hope prop 30 and 38 fail and 32 passes. I cannot remember one election in 40 years where the "educators" or "schools" were not screaming "save the children" while thier union didn't stuff its pockets with cash (taxes)! There were bond measures, there was the lottery, your side said it will get us to the promised land, then what happens? next election same old thing. Who is responsible for the pension issues? Your union is and most other public employee unions. Example: the new superintendant of schools for the Murrietia will receive 171,000.00 a year salary with most ihealth benefits paid with tax money so add approximately 10,000. 180,000.00 a year. His "post work salary" (pension, retirement what ever you want to call it) will be approximately 136,000 a year for LIFE. If he keeps collecting and doesn't work what is his "salary" really?This after paying little into the system. Ridiculous. Unforntunately, your own team is killing your message. We have 225,000 "retired" public employees in ca. who have paid little to nothing towards it. This is where prop 30 is going for sure. I have freinds who are teachers and do feel bad for your situation, you obviously do your best and care about your students, unforntunately the tail is wagging the dog when it comes to unions. They control you, you don't control it. It's really the teachers (union) and other unions that won't re-negociate existing contracts, they would rather let children suffer letting class sizes grow.
Carolyn November 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
The "union" doesn't make any money on these propositions. We don't have "pension issues" in education. We are self-funded, we invest our money in the private sector, and we are not covered by social security. As for the superintendent's salary, please compare his salary and benefits to a CEO of a major corporation who is in charge of thousands of employees and a huge budget. Are you upset about the $9,000,000 a year salaries of the CEOs of major corporations while they screw you and continue to make huge profits year after year? No, somehow they "deserve" their salaries because they "earned it". Superintendents should get paid for the education and experience that they have, as well as the number of employees and size of budget that they oversee. Their salaries are MUCH lower than commensurate CEOs in the private sector. And as for getting us to the "promised land", taxpayers asked for accountability for teachers. You asked for us to reach the magical number of a perfect 1000 for an API. Most of our schools are above 900...well withing the "A" range! We will never get to PERFECT because some kids don't show up to school and some kids can't speak English and some kids are born with learning disabilities, but we have worked our tails off to achieve your magical "promised land". Students all over the world come to our schools of higher learning because they are the best in the world. We train the doctors, lawyers, politicians, CEOs of the world.
Sunshine November 05, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Yes but there is no money for supplies , improving computer labs and other essential items for our kids education.

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