Educators everywhere have expressed excitement about the passage of Proposition 30.
Supported by Gov. Jerry Brown, Prop 30 passed with almost 54 percent of votes. The voter-approved measure is known as a temporary tax that will generate revenue to fund school and public safety programs, according to californiachoices.org.
Newark Superintendent of Schools Dave Marken released a statement Wednesday morning about the passage of the proposition.
The following is the message from Marken:
I could not be more pleased for the students of Newark with the passage of Prop 30.
Although providing no extra money for NUSD, it does provide some stability that education has not seen in 6-7 years!!!
This will allow all of us to continue to focus on student learning!!! We will not have to convene large budget reduction committees to spend untold hours trying to figure out how to make 2.8 million dollars of additional cuts without completely dismantling our school district.
We can continue to discuss program development and not program elimination. We can evaluate student achievement and focus on our students.
At least for a few years our students will not be the “pawn” of our politicians.
Congratulations to every student in NUSD…..you deserve the best!
Newark Teachers Association Vice President Chris Baugh also released a statement. Read his reaction to the voter support for Proposition 30:
On behalf of the Newark Teachers Association, we could not be more thrilled by these results. Not our students, nor our teachers should have to pay for the mess created by Sacramento, and the voters have resoundingly agreed with that position by putting our kids and our schools first in passing Prop 30 and defeating Prop 32.