Hi Madera Folks –
One of the main reasons our class sizes went up, was due to a drop in temporary funding. In June 2012, there was a vote to renew and raise the current parcel tax so that our class sizes could remain a bit smaller. That vote failed by just over 1% (~650 votes). We had more than 65% of votes in a JUNE election! Bonds are currently passed when they have 55% of the vote.
To make it easier for local communities to pay for their own schools, California State Senator Mark Leno is sponsoring an amendment to our State Constitution, called SCA 3 to lower the voter approval level from 66.67% (2/3) to 55%, just like municipal bonds.
The hearing and vote is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 15th.
Please, if you have the time, send Senator Leno this attached letter. Another method would be to call or to fax the letter to Leno’s office:
or to email the committee itself:
(Senate Governance and Finance committee: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Conveniently, the El Cerrito Patch just posted an article with some background information on the past votes for parcel taxes.
If anyone is interested in pursuing this, or other issues like this, please contact me.
Thanks very much,
mom to 2nd grader