Editorial: California voters step up for students

On Nov. 6, California voters stood up for education.
With the passage of the state’s Proposition 30, the great work of educating its citizens will continue in our state. Failure to pass Proposition 30 would have resulted in an immediate cut of $6 billion dollars to the state’s entire public education budget.
Anyone who has looked at the latest schedule released by Las Positas College could see what impact that cut would have had on our school.
Anyone who received a copy of the spring semester’s class schedule would notice all the classes that were marked in red — classes which would have been cut if Proposition 30 had not won passage.
Instead, our education system, repeatedly plagued by layoffs and repeated cuts, can now begin rebuilding itself better than it was before.
The Express recognizes that getting people to agree to raise taxes is not easy to accomplish, even in a state as blue as ours — but the electorate of California clearly recognized that an investment in education is an investment in its future.
Not all of the results from the election were as positive for LPC. Measure I, the $28 a year parcel tax that would have supplied the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD) with $5.6 million dollars annually and $33.6 million over the measure’s six-year lifespan was not approved.
Voters in the CLPCCD did vote “yes” by a margin of 61.58 percent but the measure required, as all local parcel tax measure in California do, a two-thirds majority to pass. The wisdom of this requirement can be argued, as it weakens a city’s ability to raise revenues.
California voters approved Proposition 25 in 2010 by a 55.1 percent margin, which ended a previous two-thirds majority requirement to approve a state budget — the state should consider doing the same for the adjustment of parcel tax rates, as well.
The passage of Proposition 30 took the sting out of Measure I’s defeat but LPC and Chabot College would have found themselves in dramatically improved financial situations had both been approved.
Despite this, every student at any public school in California should be grateful to the voters of California for passing Proposition 30 — your access to education would have lowered considerably and the price would have been increased again had it failed.
This year, the voters had your back. So make it worth their while — work hard, study hard and get the most out of your education.

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