Due to steadfast Democratic support, Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 tax increase passed on Election Day. Proposition 30 will raise the sales tax a quarter-cent for four years starting in 2013, and taxes on the wealthy will increase up to 3 percent for the next seven years.
These tax hikes are expected to raise $6 billion annually for California’s education system, and that includes K-12 and higher education such as the California State University and the California Community Colleges. Without the passage of Proposition 30, the state budget was expected to call for hundreds of millions of dollars being cut across the board for public schools.
How exactly will Proposition 30 affect the education system in California? How will avoiding the loss of funds affect the K-12 system? And what about higher education? What does this mean for academic staffing, class size and class offerings?
John Deasy, Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Brice Harris, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges