Vote yes on Proposition 38
October 30, 2012
OPINION By MARK BUCHMAN
Proposition 38 sends money directly to local schools and local folks get a say in how it is spent – plain and simple.
Money cannot be hijacked by legislators. It cannot be used to increase salaries. It is used for students.
How much money will local schools get? Well, Paso Robles High School gets $2 million, Atascadero High School gets $1.4 million and Arroyo Grande High School gets $2.2 million.
Think of it this way, Prop 38 means local schools can put back programs we all took for granted when we were growing up.
In the past five years, $24 billion has been stripped from school budgets statewide.
Last year some students in this county only went to school three days a week. Without an investment in public schools this year as much as three weeks could be cut from the school year.
Is it a tax increase? Of course, but that is how we support public projects even roads. People are upset about potholes and there is not enough money to fix them. Tax dollars pay to fix potholes. We have turned schools into gaping potholes that need to be fixed.
Proposition 38 is sponsored by attorney Molly Munger. Mark Buchman is the president of the Twenty-Fourth District PTA Board.