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Blog: Prop. 30: Be Careful What You Ask For

With the passing of Prop 30 is education fixed? The TV ads said, "No More Cuts," but there will be more cuts this year and for the next few years. The public bought the lottery all over again.

Voters across California have approved the governor's proposition that would increase taxes on the wealthy and would add a quarter-cent sales tax to everyone. Was this the right solution for public education?

It is my opinion that we got the lottery all over again. It will give the public and many laid-off educators a sense that everything will be OK very soon. This is not the case! Will local school districts be hiring laid-off teachers, reopening school libraries and purchasing new computers or iPads for all students anytime soon? No!

There is a false sense that all of this money generated by Prop. 30 will go for education. Even though the governor has indicated it will go toward paying down the deficit and support lost funds for education, there will not be nearly enough money coming from this proposition to make up for the billions of dollars lost over the last five years.

The recovery in education will be slow and school districts will still be making cuts in their budgets this next year. A few laid-off teachers may be rehired, but this will be a slow process.

I personally was not a supporter of Prop. 30 because it is not a big-picture solution for education in California. We were 46th in funding for education and with Prop. 30 we will remain at the bottom of the list.

— Bill Habermehl was the superintendent of the Orange County Department of Education until his retirement earlier this year.

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fact checker November 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Public education is a pillar of our democracy, not a charity.
MFriedrich November 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Factchecker, come back to me after you've viewed the current organizational structure and direct reporting levels of the California Department of Education. Byzantine rule was less complicated and far more more effective. And you could fire people.
Dawn Urbanek November 21, 2012 at 02:34 AM
The ACLU lawsuit re: fees and fundraising documented how public education is no longer what it was meant to be- a free and equal education for every child no matter how rich or poor. Now only schools that have foundations get extra aids and librarians extra science, art and music programs. Education in California is no longer free- and it is no longer equal.
Dawn Urbanek November 21, 2012 at 02:36 AM
See Letter to the Editor- Fundraising pays for CUSD Core Programs http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-fundraising-pays-for-cusd-core-programs-013ce790
TVOR November 21, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Fact, you are right, education is not a charity, but many of the things that have taken funding that could have been used for education and pissed it away on worthless pork barrel projects and such have drained the funds until the government can no longer fund education without taxing an already overtaxed people even more..

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