Saturday, July 10, 2010

[SDCPJ] Talking Points - Parcel Tax - 7/13 Hearing at the School Board Meeting

 (Pass this on to anyone who may be coming to the Board Meeting on 7/13):

Hello Sisters & Brothers,
The Parcel Tax issue will come up again at the School Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 13 and we will need a show of force at that time!
Location
Eugene Brucker Education Center
4100 Normal Street - San Diego, CA 92103
 
If the Tax doesn't pass, there will definitely have to be 1,000 teacher layoffs, 500 classified employee layoffs and much more!  Besides this being detrimental to the children, the District will also suffer a drop in its credit rating which will seriously slow down Prop "S" construction projects!
Let's get a large crowd to attend on Tuesday, July 13 at 5:00 pm and help Richard protect our kids and our jobs!
Remember there are folks who want to destroy Public Education!
 
If you wish to speak at the meeting, please call 619 725-5550 so your name can be put on the agenda.
Thanks for your continuing efforts on behalf of Educate for the Future!
 
Ken Msemaji

Larry Remer <larryremer@primacygroup.net>

If you wish to speak at the Parcel Tax hearing please call 619 725-5550 so your name can be put on the agenda. Or, you can sign up before the meeting starts.
 
Feel free to speak - even if your comments are very brief.  This Parcel Tax is being put forward to benefit all of us; so it's OK if we have a number of people from all over the community make brief statements.
 
Speak from the heart. Use your own words (not words that some political consultant invents for you). Speak as a parent/teacher/student/grandmother/small business owner or whatever you are.
 
The most important points to make (and you do NOT need to make all of these and you can/should/need to make these in your own words) are:
 
NEED.
§         Our schools desperately need the money.
§         We've cut the amount we spend each year per student by 20%.
§         Use your own examples of how you've seen classroom budgets cut.
§         We've increased class sizes and cut critical academic programs.
§         We've reduced the school year by 5 days while kids in other states and other countries are attending school much longer.
§         No Mas. No More Cuts.
 
WE CAN'T AFFORD ANY MORE CUTS.
§         If this Parcel Tax fails, we're going to have to cut 1,000 teachers and 500 school staff.
§         If this Parcel Tax fails, there will be no more high school sports and no more music and art.
§         If this Parcel Tax fails, class sizes will increase.
§         If this Parcel Tax fails, the District will be forced to close 5 elementary schools.
§         If this Parcel Tax fails, there will be no more school librarians, nurses or counselors.
 
THIS IS A SOURCE OF FUNIDNG THAT SACRAMENTO CAN NOT TAKE AWAY.
§         The state is a mess and is failing our schools.
§         The state has cut more than $300 million in funding to San Diego Schools - and more cuts are coming.
§         We can't rely on the state.
§         Because of state cuts, thousands of teachers have been laid off across California.
§         Because of state cuts, California has fallen to 47th out of 50 state in per capita student funding. We used to be in the top 5.
§         We need a local source of school funding that Sacramento can NOT take away.
 
EVERY PENNY FROM THIS MEASURE WILL GO DIRECTLY INTO THE CLASSROOM.
§         None of it can go for administrators' salaries or overhead.
§         All of it must be spent to
§         Lower class size, or
§         For direct support for Academic Programs, including Music and Art, as well as Math, Science and English.
§         There is an independent oversight committee and annual audits are required to insure these funds are spent as promised.
 
 
 
 
 
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