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posted Nov 6, 2012, 2:17 PM by ARCADIA_HS PTSA

Arcadia Council PTA supports the AUSD School Board's position that passage of at least one of the two ballot propositions (30 and 38) to fund public education is essential to maintaining excellence in Arcadia's public schools. Parents are encouraged to educate themselves about these propositions and support one or both on Election Day, November 6, 2012.

Background Information:
  • The passage of Measure A helps, but is not enough to wipe out the current level of deficit spending. 
  • Proposition 30 (Governor Brown’s tax measure) raises taxes on high-income tax payers for 7 years and increases the sales tax for 4 years. It will increase State revenues by approximately $6 billion annually. The State will still have a structural deficit. Schools will not get additional funding but be funded at their current level. If Prop 30 fails, then California schools will be cut an additional $5 billion and AUSD will be cut an additional $4.5 million this school year.
  • Proposition 38 (Molly Munger’s tax measure) raises all personal income taxes for 12 years. It will increase state revenues by approximately $10 billion annually and provide increased revenues to schools, child care, and preschool. Sixty percent (60%) of the increased revenue is earmarked for schools in 2013-2014 through 2016-2017 school years, and 85% for 2017-2018 through 2023-2024. The rest of the funds will be used to pay down the State debt.
  • If Prop 38 passes but Prop 30 fails, there will be no Prop 38 funding for the 2012-2013 school year and Gov. Brown’s 2012-2013 state spending cuts would still occur, resulting in a $4.5 million cut to AUSD. 
  • If both Propositions pass, the proposition with the most "yes" votes will prevail.
What will AUSD do if both Propositions fail?
To balance the budget, within the 2012-2013 Adopted Budget, the School Board has approved the following cuts in AUSD positions:
  • Teachers - 46 Positions or 11% of current total of teachers in district
  • Counselors - 6 positions or 44% of current counselors
  • Administrators - 7 positions or 18% of current administrators
  • Classified - 10 positions (difficult to determine percentage due to variety of positions)
What this means to Arcadia students:
  • Significantly larger class sizes
  • Fewer programs & services for students and families
  • Impact AUSD's ability to respond to student and school needs
What Can You Do?
  • Do your own research
  • Visit the campaign websites for Propositions 30 and 38
  • Visit the website ( of the California Legislative Analyst’s Office - look under “Propositions”
  • Read the League of Women Voter materials
  • Inform your California friends, family, and neighbors
  • Donate to AEF (Arcadia Educational Foundation) to help preserve the education and the community we want for our children.