One of the six ballot measures in California’s May 19 special election would restore $9.3 billion to schools. But even if the public supports that proposition – titled 1B – it won’t fly unless another measure, Prop. 1A, wins too.
The California Teachers Association is backing both measures. So why did the Oakland Education Association, which belongs to the CTA, break ranks? Why did the California School Boards Association –which endorsed 1B, on principle, but not 1A – and the California Federation of Teachers do the same?
(I’d love to see the OEA and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association join hands and phone bank together on this issue. If this happens, please let me know!)
I wrote a story about this disagreement among education groups for tomorrow’s paper. Jody London, a new Oakland school board member representing North Oakland, told me today that she was “totally conflicted.” I don’t blame her.
If, like London, you haven’t made up your mind, here’s the link to a voter guide from the Secretary of State’s office, and from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. Ed Source has a helpful voter guide, as well.
Want to know how these propositions are faring in the polls? Check out the latest Field Poll, released today. (Hint: It doesn’t look good for most of them.)
How will you vote?