Over the last three years, California has cut public school budgets by more than $20 billion and laid off over 40,000 educators. Underfunded public preschool programs serve only 40 percent of eligible 3 and 4 year olds. Only five percent of very low-income infants and toddlers have access to early childhood programs.
We are shortchanging our children – and they deserve better.
Our Children, Our Future is the ballot initiative asking Californians to join together to invest in our children and our schools because we all share in the benefits of better schools and a better-educated workforce. The initiative will also reduce the cost of education bonds to help end the state deficit and protect our children and schools from further budget cuts.
The measure will raise $10 to $11 billion annually in new revenue--and the money will be placed in a separate trust fund that can only be spent as authorized by the provisions of the Act. This initiative is the best solution to ensure that money intended for helping California's children goes directly to local schools.
Please join today and voice your support for the Our Children, Our Future initiative on the ballot this November in California.