Tue Oct 16, 2012, 08:19 PM
Xithras (14,497 posts)
Please remind your liberal friends to vote NO on 38, the Munger initiative.
Pumping new funds into K-12 is a laudable goal, but Prop 38 does it at the expense of the state Community College system, which will be stripped of hundreds of millions of dollars in NEW cuts if Prop 38 passes. Nearly 2000 teachers and staff will lose their jobs. Thousands of additional students will be turned away. Tuition will rise again. Countless futures will be destroyed.
Why the problem? Simple. In 1998 California voters passed Proposition 98, which mandated that a certain percentage of the California budget be spent on K-14 education. That's K-14, not K-12. Because our community colleges primarily serve students leaving high school, their budgets are set as a percentage of the overall K-14 Prop 98 funding allotment. Additionally, this years budgets included $250 million in "trigger cuts" for the states CSU and UC system. Prop 30 reverses these and keeps the universities funded. Prop 38 ignores them completely.
Proposition 30 implements a general temporary tax increase to fund the states Prop 98 obligations, which funds both the K-12 and community college system. Proposition 30 funds our university system alongside our K-12 system.
Proposition 38 does NOT allocate its funds to fulfill Prop 98 requirements, and instead directs its funds directly to the K-12 systems. That's great for K-12, but it means that the automatic trigger cuts written into last years budget will be enacted, and our community college system and universities will be left to take the impact on their own. The results will be devastating. CC systems like those in San Francisco and Yosemite, which are already reeling with major accreditation problems directly related to the funding cuts they've already taken, could potentially cease to exist.
Prop 38 contains language that invalidates Prop 30 if it passes. For those considering voting Yes on both, please understand that, if BOTH pass, our higher ed system will be hammered anyway.
Yes on 30. No on 38. Robbing colleges to fund kindergarten is NOT reform! A vote for both is a vote AGAINST higher education!
Proposition 38 is opposed by both the California Democratic Party AND the California Republican party. It is opposed by school districts, labor leaders, and teachers unions. Right now, one of the greatest fears among backers of our university and college systems is that California voters, tricked into believing that both are beneficial to schools, will vote for both and unknowingly doom our public colleges to even more cuts and layoffs.
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