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Teachers Rally for Proposition 30

Redondo Beach teachers and school administrators try to drum up support for Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30, which would increase funding for education.

Dozens of teachers in gathered on Inglewood Avenue to rally in favor of a school funding ballot initiative before Tuesday night's Redondo Beach Board of Education meeting.

With signs saying "Yes on Prop 30"—California Gov. Jerry Brown's November ballot proposal to raise money for schools by increasing the state sales tax by a quarter-cent and raising in the income tax on the state's top-earners—teachers and administrators waved and called out to passing cars, eliciting supportive honks from nearby cars.

“Our schools are facing an ongoing and worsening crisis,” said Redondo Beach Teachers Association President Monica Joyce in a news release notifying reporters of the rally. “Our students and this community need Proposition 30 to stop even deeper cuts. We have already cut our school year by five days. The small amount Proposition 30 asks Californians to contribute is the only way to stop the loss of even more instructional days for our students.”

The teachers also stated their opposition to Proposition 32. According to Ballotpedia, Proposition 32 bans corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates; bans contributions by government contractors to politicians who award the contracts; and bans automatic deductions to employees' wages by corporations, unions and the government for political use.

Proposition 30 is not the only initiative that aims to increase funding for education.

The California State Parent-Teacher Association is throwing its support behind Proposition 38, Molly Munger's tax proposal that would increase state income tax rates for most Californians for 12 years. The Redondo Beach Joint Council of PTAs plans to host its own rally in favor of Proposition 38 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Alta Vista Park.

If neither Proposition 30 nor Proposition 38 pass, RBUSD could implement up to 17 furlough days.

In Tuesday's meeting, the school board voted unanimously to support both Propositions 30 and 38, in addition to Measure E, which is a bond measure that raises money for El Camino College. RBUSD has also placed its own Measure Q on November's ballot, a $63 million bond that will pay for classroom technology and solar panels.

Dadof2 September 13, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Take a pay cut! Fire old, out dated teachers! Pay your union leaders less. Stop this insanity! Parents are fed up. We have had enough.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry October 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
California teachers are the highest paid in the nation. Yet California student english and math scores rank 48th and 49th in the nation. Why is that? Might it be because of the teachers? Throwing more money into their pension fund won't help one kid. Public education in California is broken. We should kill it. Allow this to be a competitive private sector opportunity. Schools should compete to perform and get our business. Parents could be given vouchers that would defray cost. Claims in Prop 30 commercials are false, as reported by the NY TImes and the Wall Street Journal. There is absolutely nothing that ensures that any of the money collected will be given to "education", or rather, the teacher pension fund which is the overwhelming brunt of the budget for education. For those who think our teacher pension funds need more money, Prop 38 guarantees that's where your money will go. But I don't agree that they should get any more money. Instead, how about pay cuts for bad performance? I am voting "No" on Prop 30 and "No" on Prop 38.

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