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Orange County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
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By John P. MacMurray

Candidate for Member of the State Assembly; District 72

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Adequate funding
Are we eating our seed corn? Our K-12 public school system pays $7 back to the community for each dollar invested in it. The return comes both from the higher incomes and increased purchasing power that education brings, and from money not spent on incarceration and welfare.

And it does this while serving the educational needs of over 6 million students and their families, who speak nearly sixty languages from Albanian to Pashto to Vietnamese. And although the K-12 budget is large, around $6 billion, its funding is uncertain. Funding it one year at a time makes long range planning nearly impossible, wasting time and money.

So, California's educators are being required to meet higher mandated test standards for more students from more diverse backgrounds who have more needs, with fewer and uncertain resources.

Let's take this opportunity to bring in new funding ideas so our educators can finally have the rest of the tools they will need to produce our future leaders.

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