Here is some info for you to send to assembly members. It's especially important to send to Republicans because we need 2 of them to vote with the governor. Norwalk's assemblyman is D Tony Mendoza district 56, but you can send e-mail to anyone. We want to adopt the governor's budget and extend the current tax rates in order to save public education.
http://www.assembly.ca.gov/clerk/memberinformation/memberdir_1.asp Obviously calling is great too. =)
•Public education is in a state of financial emergency, and this budget does not restore any of that much-needed funding. The $2 billion deferral in K-12 funding and the proposed cuts to higher education will directly impact students and programs.
•Our students are facing larger class sizes and the reduction or elimination of art, music, career technical education programs, and transportation. According to a California Watch report, more than 1 million students are losing up to 5 instructional days as districts struggle with budget shortfalls. Many classrooms have more than doubled in size.
•Higher education is being cut by $1.4 billion�community colleges by $400 million and the UC and CSU systems combined by $1 billion. Over the last few years CSU and UC students have seen triple-digit fee increases, and many are being priced out of a college education.
•More than 30,000 educators and 10,000 other school employees have been laid off over the past three years. California ranks at the bottom of all 50 states in the ratios of teachers, school counselors, librarians and nurses to students.
•The governor is proposing an initiative to extend the temporary taxes approved in 2008 for five years to help prevent further cuts to our schools, students and other programs. •According to the Legislative Analyst, without continuing revenues public education would be cut another $2.3 billion. California cannot continue to compete in the 21st century if we don�t provide a first-rate public education to all our students. They deserve better.
•California teachers, parents and the entire Education Coalition support additional revenues for our schools, and extending the current revenues for 5 years is a necessary and viable option. We look forward to working with the governor and the Legislature on a budget package that includes revenues to prevent further devastation to our students and schools.
Mention that tax cuts are not a stimulus to the economy, but destroying public education does permanent damage to the society. Also we are asking that the measure be put to a ballot. "Shouldn't we get to vote on it?"
Thanks!! Send to everyone who you think would do this!