Updated: October 29, 2012
How did we get here?
What might happen this November?
What does it mean for our schools?
As the November election rapidly approaches, voters receive confusing messages and mailings on a daily basis about the propositions on the ballot. Yet to cast an informed vote, you need to gather all the facts and understand the implications of the propositions. To help you with this task, EFO, in partnership with DRPC, GPC, SHPC, WRPC, OISPC and MPC, is hosting an open forum on how the current state budget situation affects education funding in California.
Propositions 30 and 38 are directly addressing school funding, and could mean immediate changes to education budget for not only this year, but for years to come. This town hall is focused on FACTS and what the process means to California’s schools, including K-12, community colleges, CSU and UC.
Mark your calendar for the Education Funding Town Hall, October 18 from 7pm to 9pm at the Orinda Library Auditorium. We begin the evening with light refreshments and music by the Altarinda Jazz Quartet. The program begins at 7:30 with Diane Dwyer, NBC Bay Area News anchor and OUSD parent, as our emcee. On the agenda is:
- A brief history of school funding in California
- An overview of the current budget process
- Propositions 30 and 38 overview, which appear on November’s ballot
- Panel Discussion and Your Questions: What does this all mean for Orinda?
Our speakers include:
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Chair, Assembly of Education Committee; Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson; Ken Coates and Lee Lawrence, representatives from League of Women Voters; Dr. Joe Jaconette, Superintendent, Orinda Union School District; and John Nickerson, Superintendent, Acalanes Union High School District
Since we know you have questions, you’ll be able to ask them during a panel discussion featuring AUHSD Superintendent John Nickerson, OUSD Superintendent Dr. Joe Jaconette, Joan Buchanan, and Craig Cheslog. The panel will speak directly to the implications of the two propositions to our local school districts should the measures pass or not.
Bring your questions for the panel and get all the facts you need before you enter the voting booth or mail in that ballot!
Feel free to submit your questions now in the comments below, so we’re sure the panel can address the community’s concerns.
Missed the Event?
Here are the presentations (as PDFs) presented at the Education Funding Town Hall. Please remember, that EFO is not endorsing any candidate or ballot measure.