End the Chronic Underfunding of California's Schools

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The schools of California are the backbone of our strong economy.  Our children deserve legislators who prioritize education and its importance for all of our futures.  We will vote for leaders who make sound budget decisions that prioritize the needs of our public education system, and the needs of our children in the 21st century. 

School districts across California are struggling to cover the cost of educating their students.  Schools are closing, and programs are being cut. There are many contributing factors to WHY our school districts are struggling—chronic underfunding, pension burden and increased cost of living. 

We are appealing to the state legislators and Governor Newsom to take action:

  • Enact legislation that allows California to invest in education at the levels of our highest achieving states.
  • Honor the pension relief that Governor Newsom proposed in his budget:  1) Fund $700 million directly to school district over the next 2 years to help offset their immediate pension obligations for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.  2) Spend at least $2.3 billion from California’s $21 billion surplus to reduce the school districts’ “share” of the unfunded pension liability.
  • Pass immediate legislation to supplement K-12 public school funding in areas with a higher cost of living.

We urge our elected legislators to keep our children front and center, both with this year's budget and with future legislation.  Allow California to invest in education at a level befitting the world's 5th largest economy.

As a signer of this petition make YOUR voice heard:

  1. SIGN THIS PETITION
  2. JOIN US ON FACEBOOK:  BAY AREA STAND UP FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION
  3. RALLY IN YOUR TOWN ON MAY 8, 2019, and STAND UP FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

Resources:

It didn’t fix the L.A. teacher strike, but Newsom’s pension idea would help schools, anyway (calmatters.org):  https://calmatters.org/articles/lausd-teacher-strike-newsom-pension-schools/

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Calls Governor Newsom’s Budget a Home Run:  https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr19rel03.asp

Pension Cost Relief Will Free up Money for School Districts Next Year:  https://edsource.org/2019/windfall-for-california-k-12-higher-spending-from-early-to-higher-ed-in-newsoms-first-budget/606982

Impact of Pension Cost Increases on California’s Schools (California School Board Association):  https://csba.org/-/media/CSBA/Files/Advocacy/LegislativeAdvocacy/05252018PensionReport-WEB-addendum.ashx?la=en&rev=e9914dfb6fb343d6bee6489eb2c51253

Prop 98 Analysis (LAO):  https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/3930

Overview of the Governor’s Proposition 98 Budget Package:  https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/3920

Structuring the Debt:  Reserves, Debts & Liabilities (LAO): https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/3925