Stand with Students for Education Equity for more education funding from California

Stand with Students for Education Equity for more education funding from California

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Iris Zhou started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom and

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The Students for Education Equity Coalition includes youth-led organizations and education stakeholders from across California, from prominent student board members to student-led educational advocacy organizations. We are dedicated to advocating for sufficient education funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our students strongly believe in their right to education. Yet, education funding is not being prioritized by the government -- California is rapidly losing money, causing the education system to become severely underfunded. Roughly 300,000 jobs will be lost in the education sector alone, and school districts may have to end school as early as March or April next year. Stabilizing public school funding over the next few years will be critical to our futures and our well-being. 

In order to effectively prepare and support schools throughout the US, we are requesting that the state of California:

1. Enact a statewide utility surcharge to generate a new funding source to provide all California students with universal access to a device and internet at home.

2. Use funding in our State’s 16 billion dollar Budget Stabilization Account to cushion impacts on a newly revised state education budget.

3. Ensure student opinion, student input, student voice, and student perspective is heard and taken into consideration in the use of the $4.4 billion federal funds for summer school and reopening of school campuses. 

4. Create a state-student taskforce, consisting of chosen student-representatives from across California schools, in order to advise the governor on best uses on the allocations of the State Budget Stabilization Account as well as any additional State stabilization Funding or Stimulus Funding provided for by Congress 

5. When students return to school in Fall, administrators will need fiscal support in order to protect the health and safety of all California students. We request the use of funds not sourced from Proposition 98, to buy medical equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), thermometers, and other similar necessities in order to safely transition us students back to in-person learning.

Lastly, we request the inclusion of new fiscal and scheduling modifications through the 2023-24 school year:

a) Allow school districts to quantify average daily attendance (ADA) based on a rolling average from the past 2 or 3 years, instead of allocating funding attendance based on the 2019-20 school year alone, where the ADA was significantly affected by the onset of school closures and new adaptive measures to online learning.

b) Provide school districts the ability to still receive money through school funding formulas for absences related to COVID-19, as many students will still not feel comfortable with attending school in-person  in fear of transmission.

c) Allow students the option of resuming remote, independent studies after the official reopening of schools.

d) Revise the maximum and minimum limits on class sizes to ensure students, administrators, staff, school personnel, and educators alike can adequately social distance on campus and in school classrooms.

e) Delay the implementation of new curriculum and/or material until the 2022-23 school year so as not to overwhelm educators in these unique and daunting times.

f) Ensure school districts have the flexibility to adapt revised school year instructional calendars without penalty, whether that be shortening or lengthening school years; thus done in an effort to create best instructional practices in unique times of learning.

Sign today to ensure the well-being of our education system, our teachers, and our students across the state.

If you want to join and support more of SFEE’s work, sign on to our grassroots organizing list: https://tinyurl.com/sfeemailinglist

Be sure to sign Students for Education Equity's petition for more federal education funding here: https://www.change.org/sfee_us_petition

More information about our goals and asks can be found at generationup.net/students-for-equ

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