ACSA was on board Aug. 15 as Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off his Yes on Proposition 30 campaign at a “back to school” press conference at New Technology High in Sacramento City USD.
The Nov. 6 ballot measure temporarily raises sales tax a quarter of a cent and income tax by 0.5 to 1 percent on those making more than $250,000. The revenue will be used to reduce the state’s budget deficit and protect schools and students from deeper cuts.
The ACSA Board of Directors has endorsed campaigns on both Yes on Proposition 30, and No on Proposition 32, the Special Exemptions Act.
ACSA members are urged to join the campaigns by spearheading resolutions and providing formal endorsements. Materials to get that started are available online under “Elections 2012” at www.acsa.org/advocacy.
Officially titled the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, the Brown initiative guarantees new revenue for education will be spent on schools at the local level. It also requires transparency through a public audit when funds are allocated, so Californians can ensure schools are getting the money they deserve.
If the initiative fails in November, public education faces more than $5 billion in additional cuts next year. California schools already have the largest class sizes in the nation. Art, music, vocational education and after-school programs have been eliminated. School libraries are closed. Home-to-school transportation services and critical academic programs are decimated.
No on Proposition 32
The Special Exemptions Act initiative would make it virtually impossible for ACSA and education leaders to have a political voice in advocating for schools, students and the profession.
Prop. 32 prohibits voluntary contributions by members to ACSA for political campaigns, even with written permission. But billionaires can continue to contribute unlimited amounts of money to secretive Super PACs.
“ACSA opposes Prop. 32 because it undermines our political voice on behalf of students and education leaders,” said Interim Executive Director Karen Stapf Walters. “We urge you to join the No on Prop. 32 coalition today.”
ACSA leaders can help ensure the defeat of Prop. 32 by lending their names to the “no” campaign, speaking to community groups about how Prop. 32 would harm schools and students and participating in media events in local communities.
More information is available at www.acsa.org/election.