An e-mail petition is circulating seeking to keep Proposition 98 -- guaranteeing minimum school funding -- in place.
Under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget proposal, per-student funding would drop to $11,626 from $11,935 in fiscal 2008-09. For that to happen, the Legislature would have to suspend Proposition 98, the constitutional spending formula that guarantees schools roughly 40% of all state revenue.
In this budget the governor proposes to cut spending for K-12 education in California to 34.3% of the reduced total.
AGENCY'S PORTION OF THE BUDGET (State Funds)
The following chart represents the Agency's portion of the 2008-09 Budget. These totals do not include federal funds, certain non-governmental cost funds, or reimbursements.
SOURCE: CA DEPT OF FINANCE
"Quality education is the most valuable asset for present and future generations," the petition states. "Achieving it requires a strong commitment from everyone, including governments, teachers, parents, community and students themselves."
Wed, 9 April -
We are the grass roots out here, straining the metaphor as we grow our children. Those of you who are our children, you've done a darn fine job so far - we never say Thank You enough - but neither do you!
PLEASE CLICK AND SIGN THIS PETITION - and then dash off a note to your assemblyman and state senator; tell 'em that the kids didn't create this mess and we can't expect them to pay for cleaning it up by sacrificing their futures, their friends' futures - the next generation's future.
Few of those are left that remember that FDR invested our way out of the Great Depression. This bubble bursting ain't the GP - but the ones who went before left the plan.
Onward Courageously! - Hasta alelante!