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PTA Meeting to Spark Discussion About Tax Initiative

With state funding for education continuing to decline, PTAs across the state, including those in San Bruno, are banding together behind a tax initiative that aims to raise more than $10 billion for California schools.

If you've been following any of the debates about school funding in Sacramento recently, then you've probably heard about two competing proposals that have been launched to raise money for K-12 education throughout the state.

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal, the so-called millionaires tax, calls for a temporary quarter-cent sales and income tax hike on people making more than $250,000 a year. According to media reports, the money—an estimated $2 billion in the first year—would be used for schools, deficit reduction and other purposes.

That proposal has the backing of the California Federation of Teachers.

However, Southern California civil rights attorney Molly Munger has sponsored a tax initiative of her own that has the backing of PTAs throughout the state.

Her proposal is called "Our Children, Our Future," and it aims to raise more than $10 billion by raising income taxes on a sliding scale for seven years on people who make more than $25,000 a year.

At at 6:30 p.m. today, the California State PTA president will be discussing the Our Children, Our Future ballot measure with parents at the at the library.

All parents concerned about the future of school funding are encouraged to attend.

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Ddez March 27, 2012 at 06:50 PM
The PTA/Molly Munger initiative "Our Children, Our Future" (www.ourchildrenourfuture2012.com) IS THE ONLY INITIATIVE about the schools. The tax runs for 12 years. For the first 4 years 30% of the revenue goes to pay down school bond debt. 70% GOES DIRECTLY TO SCHOOL SITES AND DOES NOT PASS THROUGH SACRAMENTO. This is actually a lot of money, since the broad based, sliding scale income tax (on net, not gross) will raise $10 billion a year. In year five of the tax, there's no more payment towards bond debt reduction -- 100% will go directly to school sites and not pass through Sacramento. Parent, teacher and community input re how the money will be spent is mandated. Written into the initiative is language that says the money cannot go towards raising current teacher salaries. It also puts a 1% cap on administrative costs. The money is for reviving our schools by hiring new teachers to restore programs that have been lost and to keep class sizes reasonable. It is about the students and it is about time.

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