What's At Stake for Education in the 2012 Election?

What's At Stake for Education in the 2012 Election?

Last week, UWGLA hosted a community briefing for dozens of partner organizations on the upcoming election entitled, "What's At Stake for Education and What Can We Do?"

Representatives from both the Proposition 30 and Proposition 38 campaigns were on hand to discuss the positive impact that their passage could have on the state's ailing public school systems.

Aside from ensuring smaller class sizes and an increase in per-pupil spending (California currently ranks 47th in the nation), the billions of dollars in funds raised by these measures would prevent LAUSD's school year from being shortened by as much as three full weeks.

Despite the fact that the District has made significant gains in recent years by improving both its API (Academic Performance Index) score and overall graduation rate, this progress would be severely undermined by the extensive trigger cuts scheduled to go into effect should these initiatives fail to receive the public's stamp of approval next Tuesday.

According to one of the briefing's guest speakers, the time to stand up and take charge of our children's future is now.

"Our students do not have another year to wait for change," said Mary Gutierrez, Community Relations Director at SEIU Local 99. "This money can be used to buy new textbooks and to rehire thousands of teachers who've lost their jobs. We've reached a point where it's literally do or die."

To learn more about United Way's endorsement of Propositions 30 and 38, please click here.

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