Shoreline Unified Regular Board Meeting
October 20th 2016
6:00PM @Tomales elementary
A Message from Superintendent Bob Raines
The country may be focused on the presidential election, but there are a couple of important propositions on California’s ballot on November 8th, and our Board of Trustees took some action on October 20th to express their endorsement on two of them; Proposition 51 and Proposition 55.
Proposition 51 is the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016. If passed, it will make $9 billion in bonds available to investors. The proceeds from those bonds will provide funding for school construction throughout the state. There hasn’t been a school bond for ten years, and many school facilities projects have been waiting for funding for years. This link will take you to a page where you can read the Legislative Analyst’s summary of the initiative and its impact, so you can make your own decision.
Proposition 55 is the Children’s Education and Healthcare Protection Act. It was placed on the ballot to extend the income taxes approved by the voters with Proposition 30 in 2012. Prop 30 established a quarter-cent on the dollar sales tax and an income tax increase on folks earning more that $250,000, or joint-filing couples earning over $500,000. Those taxes are set to end in 2017, unless extended by a vote of California’s citizens. Proposition 55, on the ballot in November, extends the income tax increases, while allowing the sales tax increase to expire. Shoreline Unified receives over $100,000 annually from Prop 30 funds, a large sum to replace if Prop 55 isn’t approved by the voters. You can go to this link to read more about Proposition 55.
There are many more initiatives on the ballot, many of them pretty nuanced. This link will take you to a webpage where you can read about all the initiatives. Many of them will have effects on schools, though the effect isn’t clear at all from all the advertising and commercials. I encourage you all to check out the Legislative Analyst’s summary on all of the initiatives.
And, if you happen to be reading this before October 24th, and haven’t yet registered to vote, you can follow this link to register on-line. It will only take a short bit of time, but the impact of your vote can last quite a long time!