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Piedmont LWV to Host Forum on School Funding

Save the date, Sept. 19, for a free public forum on Proposition 30 and a competing ballot measure, presented by the League of Women Voters of Piedmont.

From a League of Women Voters of Piedmont press release:

In state by state comparisons, California ranks among the lowest, at 47th place, in per-student funding and has the largest class sizes.  In the last four years, California’s schools have suffered $20 billion in budget cuts. 

Damon Smith of the Alameda County Office of Education will be the featured speaker at a forum titled "School Funding—Why Proposition 30 Matters to You," sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Piedmont.

Proposition 30 and a competing revenue measure will be decided by California voters in the fall election.

The forum will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont.  The program is free and open to the public.

Damon Smith, associate superintendent, business services, Alameda County Office of Education, brings a wealth of experience in state-wide school finance. Piedmont Unified School District Superintendent Constance Hubbard will join Smith to address impacts of the state tax measures on the Piedmont schools. There will be a question and answer period following the presentations and information on how citizens can be involved to support funding for schools.

Proposition 30 will raise $6 billion a year in new revenue primarily for California public schools. The state budget assumes that voters will approve this measure, which increases the sales tax rate by one-quarter cent for four years and the personal income tax rates for upper-income taxpayers for seven years.

If Proposition 30 does not pass, California schools and colleges face $6 billion in cuts.  The Piedmont schools stand to lose $1.1 million, approximately $441 per student by mid-year, January, 2013. 

The California League of Women Voters has endorsed Proposition 30. Smith will also present information on Proposition 38. The California League of Women Voters has taken a neutral position on this measure.

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Margaret Ovenden August 29, 2012 at 03:43 PM
The ballot in November is going to be long, so it's important to start now in educating yourself about the consequences of the various initiatives that'll be on it. It's particularly important to understand the two initiatives related to education funding. Even if both get enough votes to pass, only the one with the most votes will go into effect. At a time when school funding has already been cut so drastically, it's important to pay careful attention to these issues. Damon Smith not only is immersed in the details of what the consequences of each initiative will be (as well as, heaven forbid, what we will face if neither passes), he is also a dynamic, engaging speaker. Hope to see you there!

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