|Public Schools. Permanent Class Size Reduction.|
Parent-Teacher Councils. Teacher Credentialing.
Pupil Suspension for Drug Possession. Chief
Inspector's Office. Initiative Statute.
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If Prop. 8 would improve our children's education, we'd be first in line to support it. Make no mistake: Prop. 8 would HURT-- NOT HELP--OUR SCHOOLS.
Some of Prop. 8's provisions merely restate existing policies; others are downright harmful to children, parents and taxpayers.
CLASS SIZE AND DRUG POLICIES ALREADY EXIST
Schools already have a class size reduction program and zero tolerance policy for drugs.
BIGGER, LESS ACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRACY
Prop. 8 steals money from the classroom and existing education programs to triple the size of school bureaucracy.
INCONSISTENT AND CONFLICTING ACADEMIC STANDARDS
Prop. 8 creates a new school governing system that flies in the faceof existing parent councils and statewide efforts to improve student achievement. It authorizes 8000 new committees (not elected by taxpayers) to spend tax-dollars and set 8000 different local academic standards at odds with new uniform state standards (the most rigorous in the nation).
BAD FOR TEACHERS
Prop. 8 gives principals new, unchecked power to remove teachers from their school without a hearing or any form of due process. It puts good teachers at risk of being the victim of petty politics and personality conflicts while doing nothing to improve teachers who need help.
DIFFICULT TO FIX
Future changes to fix Prop. 8's problems would require another initiative or an 80% vote of each house of the Legislature and the signature of the Governor.
SAY NO to MORE BUREAUCRACY
and LESS ACCOUNTABILITY!
Our kids deserve better! Keep education dollars
IN the classroom!
California Teacher of the Year, 1997
Executive Director, California Organization of Police & Sheriffs
Chairman, California Taxpayer Protection Committee