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Lessons From the Passage of Prop 30: Public Education Still Matters

We have to keep letting the nation's politicians and policymakers know that we won't stand for the decimation and dismantling of public education.


As I drove my 9-year-old fourth grader to school on Tuesday, he confessed to me that he was nervous about Election Day. Both he and his 11-year-old brother attend school in the Los Angeles Unified School District and have seen first-hand the decimation of public education due to $20 billion in education cuts. In the weeks leading up to the election, my sons heard plenty of straight talk about an additional $5.4 billion in cuts that would be triggered if Proposition 30, the Schools & Local Safety Protection Act, failed at the polls. "Will schools totally die if it doesn't pass?" he asked.

Fortunately, we won't have to find out the answer to that question. Californians came through for my son and the rest of the state’s children and passed Prop 30, which will now provide up to $6 billion per year for public education—both K-12 and higher education—by temporarily increasing "personal income taxes on the highest earners—couples with incomes over $500,000 a year" and by raising the sales tax one quarter of one percent.

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