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New Poll Shows Munger's Tax Initiative Gaining Ground

The California State PTA supports Prop 38 because it is the ONLY initiative that GUARANTEES money for our schools. This money DOES NOT pass through Sacramento and CANNOT be touched by the legislature. This is funding is over and above the legal minimum the governor sends down to our school districts. Even with the governor's threatened trigger cuts, students would still come out ahead if Prop 38 gets the most votes.

August 17, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Majority Of Voters Support News Taxes For Schools

People should be aware that the governor's income and sales tax will not bring any additional money to schools. The revenue that goes to schools is money that has previously been taken from schools. He's paying back a debt. Paying back a debt to schools is not the same as giving money to schools. With the governor's proposal, our per pupil spending will remain flat -- if we're lucky.

Our Children, Our Future is the only initiative that actually provides dollars over and above the Prop 98 minimum. This PTA/Molly Munger initiative raises income tax rates on a sliding scale: from 4/10 of 1% on the lowest earners to 2.2% on multi-millionaires. Most people earning under $50,000 won’t pay any more taxes. There is no sales tax.

This money cannot be used to increase current teacher salaries or benefits and puts a 1% cap on administrative costs. This money can be spent to improve students' academic performance, graduation rates, and vocational, career, college and life readiness by funding: 1. instruction in the arts, physical education, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, history, civics, financial literacy, English and foreign languages, and technical, vocational or career education; 2. smaller class sizes; 3. more counselors, librarians, school nurses and other support staff at the school site; 4. extended learning time through longer school days or longer school years, summer school, preschool, after school enrichment programs and tutoring; 5. additional social and academic support for English language learners, low income students and students with special needs; 6. alternative education models that build students' capacity for critical thinking and creativity; and 7. more communication and engagement with parents as true partners with schools in helping all children succeed.

California State PTA was very careful about which tax initiative to support. Our Children, Our Future, won -- hands down.

April 26, 2012 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown Still Likely to Face Rival Tax Measures in November

The PTA/Molly Munger initiative is by far the best one for education. $20 billion cut from schools over the last four years, money diverted, money deferred. Enough is enough. Who is going to sustain income taxes and help our state function if we have an uneducated and under educated work force? We will remain in our deficit hole as long as funding for education lags. CA has the largest student to teacher, student to administrator and student to counselor ratio in the COUNTRY. We would need to increase funding to each and every classroom in CA by $60,000 a year just to CATCH UP to the national AVERAGE.

The "Our Children Our Future" initiative calls for a broad based income tax on all but the poorest. A median income of $55,000 would be taxed $250 -- you probably spend that on cookie dough, wrapping paper, magazine subscriptions and whatever else the schools are asking their students to peddle these days just to provide the basics.

The money will be over and above any Prop 98 minimum and DOES NOT PASS THROUGH SACRAMENTO. It instead goes directly to school districts -- early childhood programs, preschool and K-12, with strict accountability. It cannot be used to raise current teacher salaries, but can be used to hire new teachers to help reduce class sizes.

PTA has been advocating for kids - for free -- for 115 years. My vote goes with them and the kids. http://www.ourchildrenourfuture2012.com/

March 24, 2012 at 11:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown Promises Reserve If New Tax Measure Passes

The PTA/Molly Munger initiative is by far the best one for education. $20 billion cut from schools over the last four years, money diverted, money deferred. Enough is enough. Who is going to sustain income taxes and help our state function if we have an uneducated and under educated work force? We will remain in our deficit hole as long as funding for education lags. CA has the largest student to teacher, student to administrator and student to counselor ratio in the COUNTRY. We would need to increase funding to each and every classroom in CA by $60,000 a year just to CATCH UP to the national AVERAGE.

The "Our Children Our Future" initiative calls for a broad based income tax on all by the poorest. A median income of $55,000 would be taxed $250 -- you probably spend that on cookie dough, wrapping paper, magazine subscriptions and whatever else the schools are asking their students to peddle these days just to provide the basics.

The money will be over and above any Prop 98 minimum and DOES NOT PASS THROUGH SACRAMENTO. It instead goes directly to school districts -- early childhood programs, preschool and K-12, with strict accountability. It cannot be used to raise current teacher salaries, but can be used to hire new teachers to help reduce class sizes.

PTA has been advocating for kids - for free -- for 115 years. My vote goes with them and the kids. http://www.ourchildrenourfuture2012.com/

March 22, 2012 at 2:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )