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Why Defenders Of Public Education Should Not Sign Jerry Brown/CFT Tax Compromise Initiativ
by United Public Workers For Action
Tuesday Apr 17th, 2012 3:48 PM
Here are some facts about the Jerry Brown/CFT Tax Compromise Initiative. Read it yourself to find out that this will benefit charters and further deregulation and privatization of education
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REASON NOT TO SIGN JERRY BROWN’S TAX INIATIVE PETITION



ü THIS IS A PUSH FOR DE-REGULATION OF PUBLIC FUNDS AND IT WILL FURTHER PRIVATIZE PUBLIC EDUCATION



ü CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE SEPCIFICALLY ENUMERATED IN THE TEXT AND YET NOT ONCE IS TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS MENTIONED EVEN THOUGH OVER 93% OF THE K-12 STUDENT POPULATION ATTENDS TRADTIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS


ü IT GIVES CHARTER SCHOOLS “SOLE” DISCRETION ON HOW THEY CAN SPEND THE MONEY THEY RECEIVE- ZERO OVERSIGHT- ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY- CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE SUPPOSE TO REPORT THE MONEY THEY RECEIVE AND HOW THE MONEY WAS SPENT- A FOX GUARDING THE HEN HOUSE SITUATION


ü THIS IS A UNION BUSTING TACTIC DISGUISED AS A FUNDING MECHANISM FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION- UNIONS NOW HAVE A VOICE WITH LEGISLATORS WHO MAKE OUR LAWS, IF ALL FUNDS ARE CONTROLLED BY LOCAL CHARTER SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARDS, MANY OF WHOM ARE BACKED BY EDVOICE, HOW WILL THE UNIONS HAVE A SAY IN NEGOITIATING WORKING CONDITIONS AND BENEFITS???- CHARTERS CAN AND DO SAY –“NO UNIONS”!!


ü ALTHOUGHT THE SALES AND INCOME TAX INCREASES HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE- LOCAL CONTROL OF STATE FUNDS HAVE NO EXPIRATION DATE. WHY? TO PUSH PIRVATIZATION UNDER THE GUISE OF “THE ONLY” PLAN TO FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION!!


ü WHY IS CHARTER SCHOOLS MENTIONED AND YET TRADIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NOT MENTIONED? AGAIN- A PUSH TO DE-REGULATE AND PRIVATIZE WHICH WILL LEAD TO FURTHER CORRUPTION, NOT LESS!!


ü WHY ARE AUDITS DISCRETIONARY AND NOT MANDATORY? AGAIN- THE REAL REASON SURFACES THAT THIS IS TO DE-REGULATE!!


ü WITH OVER 1000 SCHOOL DISRICTS IN THE SATTE OF CALIFORNIA ALL DECIDING ON HOW TO SPEND THEIR FUNDS- WILL THIS BE A MORE EQUITABLE SYSTEM- NO!!


ü WHAT TRIGGERS THE CONTROLELR TO CONDUCT AN AUDIT- THE TEXT DOES NOT SPEAK TO THIS- WHY? – THIS IS AGAIN A PUSH TO DE-REGULATE!! TO PRIVATIZE!!


ü WHY IS IT DISCREIONARY FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE TO SEEK CIVIL OR CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR MISUSE OF FUNDS? AGAIN THIS IS NOT TO DETER MISUSE AND WILL IN FACT CREATE A WORSE SITUATION THAN WHAT EXISTS TODAY IN TERMS OF ACCOUNTABILITY



ü WHY IS THE CONTROLLER CONDUCTING THE AUDIT AS OPPOSE TO THE BURAE OF STATE AUDITS?


ü THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A SCAM WHICH DOES NOT FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION- INCOME AND SALES TAX INCREASES EXPIRES, 7 AND 4 YEARS AFTER EFFECTIVE DATE RESPECTIVELY, BUT THE SHIFT TO LOCAL CONTROL IS PERMANENT AND WILL BE DIASTEROUS FOR ALL!!!


ü THE ONLY PLAN THAT NO ONE WANTS TO DISCUSS IS TO STOP SHIFTING PUBLIC FUNDS AWAY FROM TRUE PUBLIC EDUCATION AND INTO THE HANDS OF THE PROFITEERS- THE EDUCATION COMPANIES, EDUCATION CONSULTANTS, NON-PROFIT LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES, FOR PROFIT COLLEGES, LOBBY FIRMS AND THE LIKE!! IF WE SHIFT FUNDS BACK TO TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS (PRE-K-12), CSU , COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND THE UC SYSTEM, THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL THERE BE A QUALITY, ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA!


ü ADDITIONALLY UNLESS AND UNTILL ALL FINANCIAL CONFLICTS ARE EXPOSED AND PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT, WILL THERE EVER BE A MUCH NEEDED CLEANSING OF OUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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