As one of the main education groups in support of Proposition 30, it is critical for ACSA to continue to do everything possible to communicate how the Nov. 6 ballot initiative will affect schools and students.
If Prop. 30 fails, public education faces nearly $6 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.
“School funding has been cut by more than $20 billion in recent years, and the risks to our students have never been greater,” said ACSA President David Gomez. “We strongly believe that school communities must rally behind a revenue solution that helps prevent more cuts and uncertainties.”
ACSA believes Prop. 30 is a balanced solution that will reduce the budget deficit and protect schools and students from deeper cuts. After several years of massive cuts, the initiative helps balance California’s state budget without raising income taxes on those hit hardest by the recession.
ACSA members throughout the state have been leading campaign activities – outside of normal working hours – to ensure the passage of Prop. 30.
“We are committed to the hard work of ensuring that Prop. 30 is successful,” Gomez said. Campaign resources are available at www.acsa.org/YesOn30.
ACSA joins a broad coalition of support for the initiative, including the governor, legislative leaders, businesses, education groups, labor unions and community organizations.
Recent poll results for Prop. 30 released by the California Business Roundtable show 57 percent support and 39 percent opposition with seven weeks to go in the campaign.
Gomez was on hand at a recent Hawthorne School District media event with Gov. Jerry Brown to show ACSA’s support for Yes on Proposition 30. ACSA member Superintendent Helen Morgan hosted the event.
The governor is also doing editorial board meetings with major newspapers, and the campaign is working with second and third tier papers reaching out to superintendents in local areas as needed to help secure Prop. 30 newspaper support.
Because the campaign wants to spend the bulk of its advertising dollars closer to the election, Yes on Prop. 30 television and radio advertisements will most likely begin the first week of October.