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Why the LM-SV School Board Needs to Support Prop 30

Jen Bradford: "The issue here is not one of politics or political parties, how you feel about Governor Brown, or even the state of California and how or why we got here. The fact is we’re here, and an additional cut of almost 6 million dollars wil

The following speech by Jen Bradford was presented to the Board at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4:

I’m here tonight to talk to you about Proposition 30, the temporary tax initiative. I understand that the board does not usually discuss political issues, but the passing or failure of this proposition will have a direct financial impact on our district and our students, and needs to be discussed. 

California already ranks 47th in per-pupil spending. If Prop 30 fails, the Governor’s budget implements an additional cut to education of $457 per student, which amounts to a cut of about 5 to 10 million dollars to LM-SV schools.

We still have dozens of teachers laid off, and most of our classes are already at maximum state levels. The school board has made it clear that the majority of this cut would have to be accomplished through lost days of instruction for our students, and the accompanying cuts to salaries. That would amount to up to three more weeks of lost school days, which is in addition to the five student days already cut from our calendar, and on top of the 4.5 percent pay cut that our staff has already voluntarily taken since 2008.

No one wants more taxes.  I get that. But the issue here is not one of politics or political parties, how you feel about Governor Brown, or even the state of California and how or why we got here.  The fact is we’re here, and an additional cut of almost 6 million dollars will devastate our district.   As the trustees of LMSV schools, I ask that you set aside political rhetoric and ideology, and look at the bottom line. 

We need our parents and to community know how important it is for LM-SV that this proposition passes, and we need to ask for their support, and that means publically supporting Prop 30.  

This cut is not a threat; it’s already been approved by the legislature and is set to begin on January 1 if the proposition fails.  To say No to Prop 30 is the equivalent of saying that we don’t want the state’s money, we’d rather get those millions from our students and staff, instead. 

That must not be your message. The California School Board Association supports Prop 30, as do the school boards of our neighboring school districts.  In fact, at a recent President’s meeting that I attended, I was the only one present whose school board did not publicly support Prop 30. 

I have drafted a resolution in favor of Prop 30 (see attached), which I will leave with you tonight, and I ask that it be placed on next week’s agenda for discussion and approval, and I ask for a public and official Yes on 30.

Jen Bradford
President, La Mesa-Spring Valley Teachers Association

FRANCIS TEPEDINO September 12, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Jen Bradford has fallen for the same old, over-used, "horror story". We have been down this road before. Time for the taxpayers to stand up and say no more. In these difficult financial times, If you cannot do the job with what you have, step aside or we will have to "let you go".
Komfort September 12, 2012 at 07:16 PM
"You and every other Californian are being targeted by Sacramento politicians to pay $50 billion in new taxes. Proposition 30 will increase the state sales tax, already the highest state sales tax in the nation. On top of that, personal income taxes will go up on upper income individuals, many of whom are the owners of the small business that provide the bulk of the jobs in our state. Even without this change, California has the second highest income tax rates in the nation. To see California’s tax ranking . And although the tax rates on individuals will go up, there will be no increase in the corporate tax rate. This is why so many large businesses are backing Prop. 30. To see who is funding the campaign to raise your taxes . The politicians are trying to pry more money from your pocket by saying the money is for education. But the California School Boards Association there will be no new money for schools if Prop. 30 passes." http://defeat30.com/the-problem/
Things I Learned September 12, 2012 at 09:06 PM
No one wants a pay cut. I get that. But the issue here is not one of unions or public employee unions, how you feel about the California Teacher's union, or even the National Education Union and how or why we got here. The fact is we’re here, and an additional bazillion dollars in unfunded pensions will devastate us. As the trustees of LMSV schools, I ask that you set aside political backscratching and special pleading, and look at the bottom line.
Komfort September 12, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Ms Bradford, how did the LA Mesa-Spring Valley Teachers Association go from $61,874 in assets in 2010 to $570,222 in assets in 2011? 2010: http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990s/990search/990.php?ein=952538923&yr=201008&rt=990O&t9=A 2011: http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990s/990search/990.php?ein=952538923&yr=201108&rt=990O&t9=A
Jimmy Sanders September 12, 2012 at 09:48 PM
What a releif that no one wants tax increases! Yet here we are again in another election year with another tax increase proposal with more predictions of an educational armageddon from every corner if we don't do it for the children this one last time. If we just increase the free breakfasts, free lunches, free day care, free healthcare, free before and after school programs, free rides to school, free, free, free, free, free things will improve. Because we care! Paid for by allof you-Obama 2012
Cheryl September 13, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Read the line again. The asset value is $57,022.
Komfort September 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Oops.. I blew that one. If you go to this link: http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/990finder/ And type in "La Mesa-Spring Valley Teachers Association", you will see where I quoted the erroneous information. Thank you Cheryl.
Stan September 13, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Before we give you more money: 1. Change the administrator/teacher ratio - Way too many non-teaching positions 2. Cut the pensions - way too generous compared to private enterprise 401ks . 3. Improve the teacher/student ratio by eliminating the illegal immigrant students. Restore Prop 187 (Save Our State). These policies have bankrupted our state along with other public employee union demands. Of course, this may be automatically corrected by the "Great Reset" coming soon. There won't be money for all the goodies anymore. Inflation = Higher Interest Rates =Lower Property Prices =Lower Property Taxes = State BK.
Kyla September 13, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Keep in mind that increased per-student spending does not necessarily equal increased scholastic achievement. http://scholarworks.umb.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1508&context=nejpp
Kyla September 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Also, " Although creating smaller class sizes seems to make common sense, the research is clear that reducing class sizes across the board for all students in all subjects does not guarantee improved student achievement (Mosteller, 1995; Hanushek, 1995)." http://www.wallis.rochester.edu/WallisPapers/wallis_10.pdf
Kevin George September 13, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I often wonder how I was able to get my comprehensive grade school education in a class that never had fewer than 56 students. All day, every day, with one teacher in the room.
Stan September 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Fewer students = fewer costs. Especially unnecessary students.
Things I Learned September 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
""In short, in the earliest public schools, teachers taught, and students listened. Teachers commanded, and students obeyed." --Clarence Thomas in Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007)
Miss Kitty September 14, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Stan Sexton, who do you consider "unnecessary students"? I work for the school district and I have never met an unnecessary student. Would you like your child (assuming you have any) labeled as such?
Stan September 14, 2012 at 01:33 AM
To be PC, "undocumented immigrants". Illegals. Take away all the carrots. The middle class is tired of supporting the labor for the upper class.
Miss Kitty September 14, 2012 at 04:39 AM
That would be a very small number and would barely put a dent in the issue at hand especially in our district. Our enrollment has decreased substantially this year. We aren't here to punish students that have nothing to do with the financial status of the state.
Things I Learned September 14, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Someone who works for the LM-SV school district knows how many illegal alien students there are. We shouldn't take steps that help even a little because they only help a little. The issue here is one of politics and political parties, how you feel about Governor Brown, and even the state of California and how or why we got here. The fact is they’re here, and an additional cut of almost 6 million dollars still isn't enough to make us care about the law.
Things I Learned September 17, 2012 at 02:13 PM
"Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day. Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year. “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood. “Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.” Guitierrez, along with all of Portland Public Schools’ principals, will start the new school year off this week by drilling in on the language of “Courageous Conversations,” the district-wide equity training being implemented in every building in phases during the past few years.... Equity training aside, Scott School must teach the same number of students with fewer teachers and resources. Down five full-time positions this year, including two reading specialists, Gutierrez is trying desperately do more with less.... That led to her adopting what she calls the school’s “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”: that every student will make two years’ growth in one year’s time in reading, writing and math. “We want to teach them to be critical thinkers,” Gutierrez says." http://portlandtribune.com/pt-rss/9-news/114604-schools-beat-the-drum-for-equity Be courageous. Fight Big HAG!

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