Passage of Prop 30 Brings Certainty to District Budget

Los Angeles Times

Tyler Finn

On Tuesday, Nov. 6th, California voters approved Proposition 30 with 54.7% percent of the vote. Prop 30 allocates increased revenues for California schools, such as the Sequoia Union High School District, as a result of higher temporary taxes. Without the passage of Prop 30, “trigger cuts” would have gone into effect, cutting education funding.

“When we adopted our budget in June, we contemplated that the election in November would be successful,” said Assistant Superintendent Enrique Navas. “In the event that the initiative didn’t pass we were going to lose about $418 per ADA.” This loss of $418 per student would amount to about “$3 million in ongoing funding,” out of a budget of $107 million.

Had Prop 30 failed, “we had promised to the School Board we would use the reserves for the current year, to withstand immediate cuts for the remainder of 2012-13,” said Navas. At that point the Superintendent’s staff would have “put together a plan to address the ongoing cuts.” These cuts would have been “devastating,” because the district has “been cutting for a number of years and … you get to a point when you have to affect to classroom or the instructional program.”

As part of this year’s negotiations for the contract with the Sequoia District Teacher’s Association, “there was a contingency agreement that if Proposition 30 passed, [the district teachers] would receive a 1.5% raise,” said SDTA Vice President Tania Kranzler.

“We’re very happy Prop 30 passed,” Kranzler said, “because it gives relief to our school district as well as the school districts that feed into ours.”

Navas agrees. “Thanks to the voters, we are now in a position to keep the budget as it is. We are very pleased the initiative passed.”

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11 Responses to “Passage of Prop 30 Brings Certainty to District Budget”

  1. Sarah on December 7th, 2012 12:04 am

    thank god! more priority really needs to be placed on education. Especially with the previous cuts to this budget in california, yay 30!

  2. Robbie Gordan on December 7th, 2012 3:54 pm

    I’m glad that education spending wasn’t cut, but I disagree with Brown’s strategy of holding the state’s school system hostage in order to get his taxes passed.

  3. cwoods on December 7th, 2012 4:07 pm

    i dont really understand how the 1.5% raise that teachers will get directly affects the students. anyway, good job.

  4. josephrabinovitsj on December 7th, 2012 11:50 pm

    Although Prop 30 helps the Sequoia Union High School district, there are others that it doesn’t help, for example the Menlo Park City School District. For this reason I question whether or not this proposition is truly effective if it is not extended to public school districts throughout the state.

    Nicky H Reply:

    This would make for a very interesting article. Great job covering the effects on our district, but it would be insightful to compare it to the effects on districts around the state. Maybe then we could come up with an answer for Joseph’s question. Also, it would be interesting to see why the Sequoia district had such significant help, but the Menlo Park district did not. What (or who) makes the distinction between who gets money and who doesn’t?

  5. Will Hanley on December 9th, 2012 7:47 pm

    I’m really glad Bear news is reminding everyone that politics does go beyond the election. Prop 30 is definitely a blessing to the hard working teachers at MA.

  6. alai on December 11th, 2012 9:00 pm

    I wonder why the Menlo Park City School District doesn’t receive the same help.

    shoover Reply:

    I wonder the same thing. I think if the proposition is going to be effective, it needs to cover a wide range of schools.

    Virsies Reply:

    I agree that it should cover a range of schools, though let’s admit it, the MPCSD is funded pretty well by the Foundation for the Future and with the recent construction that all the schools in the district underwent, I question exactly how much they need that money.

  7. egrose on December 12th, 2012 5:12 pm

    I think that Prop 30 is overall a step in the right direction, however it should definitely be modified to cover more public schools, rather than a select few.

  8. adeal on December 14th, 2012 3:47 pm

    Even though I dont feel like Prop 30 is vital to our district, it would be ignorant to not take notice of the potentially devastating results cuts could cause other districts, and for that I am glad it passed.