Debbie is the lobbyist for the California PTA before the California legislature in support of SCA 5
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SCA 5 is legislation to lower the 2/3 voter approval required (to 55%) for special taxes (like the new Measure E parcel taxes).
SCA 5 was introduced after the PTA’s attempt to place an initiative on the ballot failed. This was championed by Trustee Jeff Bowser who collected signatures at a PUSD school board meeting, and for which the PUSD School Board subsequently endorsed through a resolution. According to the PW article, Web Link (page 5) this initiative effort was started after another legislative attempt SCA 6 died in the CA Legislature.
Speaking of Jeff Bowser, let’s see if his May 29, 2009 prediction of PUSD closing two schools came true Web Link (page 10) He writes “With the additional $6 million in cuts announced by the governor the district will have no choice but to close one or two schools.”
This entire issue is worth reading for all the predictions of doom and gloom for PUSD if the 2009 Measure G parcel tax did not pass. Here we are in 2011, with student test scores rising, and PUSD showing a $4,000,000 surplus for this fiscal year.
It is worth asking. Should we trust all the 2011 doom and gloom Measure E supporters, or should we trust that our school district administration will be able to negotiate their way to a balanced budget this year.
Should we be supporting our PTA organizations as they work to lower taxpayer protections and pass new taxes, or should we say NO to Measure E and keep holding PUSD and the unions to use the annual $165,000,000 in tax revenues wisely.
What do you think?