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Emergency Teacher Retention/Classroom Education
San Diego Unified School District
2/3 Approval Required
Fail: 133,785 / 50.8% Yes votes ...... 129,737 / 49.2% No votes
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|Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
To prevent Math, Science and English teacher layoffs, protect neighborhood schools from state budget cuts, prevent cuts to essential academic programs, job/college preparation, and preserve small classes, shall San Diego Unified School District levy a Temporary 5 Year Emergency annual tax that Sacramento can not take away of $98/single family home, and taxes on other types of parcels, exempting low income seniors, with independent audits and no money for administrators' salaries?
If approved by two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on the proposition, the special tax described above will be imposed annually for five years beginning on July 1, 2011. The tax will be collected by the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector at the same time and in the same manner as ad valorem property taxes are collected. Any property owner aged 65 years or older may qualify for an exemption from the special tax if that property owner (1) occupies the parcel as a primary residence, (2) qualifies as a low income individual, and (3) submits an application with the District.
The proceeds of the special tax can only be used for specified purposes identified in the Full Ballot Text and such proceeds will be placed into a special account. An independent citizen oversight committee will be established to monitor the expenditures of the special tax revenues. State law requires the District to submit an annual report detailing the special tax revenues collected and the manner in which they have been spent. The District has made this ballot proposition subject to these requirements.
|Arguments For Proposition J||Arguments Against Proposition J|
|Emergency Teacher Retention/Classroom Education Measure. |
Proposition J helps prevent Math, Science and English teacher layoffs and protect neighborhood schools from massive budget cuts. In the past 3 years, Sacramento cut annual funding for San Diego schools by $300 million. Proposition J provides Neighborhood school funding Sacramento can NOT take away - $50 million a year for 5 years.
Fiscal reform came first. Before placing Proposition J on the ballot, San Diego Unified School District cut overhead and reformed business practices.
The law forbids spending Proposition J funds for overhead/administration. Funds must be spent to relieve classroom overcrowding, prevent Math, Science and English teacher layoffs, and support classroom technology.
California ranks 47th in per pupil student spending.
Proposition J helps our kids receive a quality education to compete for jobs in the global economy.
YES on Proposition J.
Neighborhood School Funding Sacramento can NOT take away. www.SaveOurSchoolsSanDiego.com
You might think Proposition J will pay ONLY for critical classroom programs. NOT TRUE. The school district can spend the parcel tax on ANYTHING for "classroom learning" including "emergency teacher retention." That is code for INCREASED salaries and pensions. In fact, District employees will soon see a 7% salary increase plus additional perks that amount to an over 14% compensation increase in one year!
No accountability for YOUR tax dollars
School districts need to live within their means. Reject HIGHER TAXES.
Vote NO ON PROP J
|Worst possible time to increase taxes |
The School Board wants to increase your taxes when working families are struggling to make their mortgage payments and unemployment is in the double-digits. The School Board should learn to live within its means, just like the rest of us.
Tax Increase would mainly go to pay salary increases
Don't reward financial mismanagement with more of your hard-earned money
This parcel tax hits lower-income residents hardest
The school board needs to get its own house in order
Visit www.sdcta.org for more info.
Reform came first. Before Proposition J, San Diego Schools implemented sweeping fiscal and budgetary reforms.
Save our Schools Neighborhood School Funding Sacramento can NOT take away.