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Why your property taxes are not getting to your schools


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commented 2018-12-03 21:27:42 -0800
At a recent Redwood City School District board meeting (11/28/18) we heard from Jan LaFetra, who talked about indexing LCFF to regional cost of living. I would like to speak to Jan to learn more about this idea and how it might be possible to advocate for it. Do you happen to have her contact information? Thank you,

Vanja Douglas, MD

Associate Professor

UCSF Department of Neurology
commented 2018-07-25 07:45:06 -0700
Will you host a debate this campaign? I came to the Turlickson-Tuck debate and met many members that day.
commented 2017-07-14 11:20:51 -0700
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commented 2017-02-10 06:49:27 -0800
Have we ended our campaigns?
commented 2016-11-26 16:03:42 -0800
Is California the only state doing this? I’m in Florida
commented 2016-05-23 13:51:45 -0700
Literacy is the key. When 47.5% Latino and African American kids drop out by grade 6 – ACLU statistic – it’s time to start a critical mass. All education rests on literacy ability. Why wait for failure? Train don’t blame teachers. Prepare them to teach how English combines 26 letters into 44 phonemes and 6 syllables. It doesn’t take money. Train don’t blame. Let’s start a critical mass. Everything to gain; nothing to lose.
commented 2016-05-22 12:55:57 -0700
Attention: Ms. Lucille Cuttler

I’ve heard wonderful things about the massive experience you have in education and would like to speak with you personally regarding how I can help Literate Nation here in California.


Frances Tatko
commented 2015-08-12 14:48:18 -0700
I want to contact Wanda Szymanko to find out if her parents are still living in Poland. I will be traveling in Poland Sept 9 to Oct 14 and would like to visit them but I lost their address. Her mother is my cousin.
commented 2015-04-07 10:53:09 -0700
Congratulations to Delaine Eastin in her appointment to the position of Chair, Board of Directors

Excellent choice and tremendous advocate for children and supporter of education.
commented 2014-11-18 09:02:08 -0800
I love your orgazation! I could never have children but I have a niece and nephew

Who are the lives of my life!

I would like a yellow plaque to put on my car.

Thank you for your good work and helping me! Thank you !

commented 2014-10-25 20:34:52 -0700
I want to vote for this measure but you aren’t anything like me. Did you give up all your free time; vacation to take care of a child? And work a fulltime job? Did you host a daily tutor session for multicultural boys? Have you volunteered to tutor special ed students or English language learners? I educate my friends on measures, but I do not see the transparency of your org. Who funds you? Are you for charter schools? Thank you.
commented 2014-10-23 12:44:17 -0700
commented 2014-10-22 09:38:36 -0700
Is there somewhere that I can get “No on Prop. 2” bumper stickers?
commented 2014-10-08 16:02:44 -0700
I am reviewing my voter info guide. I try to dig as deep as I can before I make my decision. I have not been able to find a list of donors and sponsors educate our state. I look for absolute transparency if you want my vote.
commented 2014-08-25 13:22:52 -0700
I would like to request a conversation regarding our media products at the Register and working with the ACWA . We have made major expansion in distribution in 2014 in LA Register, Orange County and Inland Empire with the ability to target over 1.2 million households.

Thank you for your time,
commented 2014-08-14 23:11:54 -0700
How much is budgeted in ca for education?

Show a breakdown of how money is spent.

How does this differ from the top performing state? It would be nice to see a roadmap example for how we should plan?

What does the new legislation mean for funding? How will I see how this effects my district?

Can we save money using technology? Textbooks cost a lot and certainly publishers have political weight. Can we afford this now?

The website has too many words and not enough information in some places.
commented 2014-06-17 01:37:41 -0700
I want to Join your community
commented 2014-06-13 10:25:07 -0700
The intern at Loni Hancocks office asked for the line item on pg 63 of the May revise. What is it? Please revise to include this.
commented 2014-06-10 16:15:00 -0700
I would like to enlist your help to elect Karalee Hargrove 42nd Assembly, 2014. Karalee is the progressive trustee on the Morongo Unified School District board. Endorsement, interview, financial help? I am her campaign manager, twice her age, and believe in this young intelligent woman who is exactly what you seek. I so believe in her that I gave up retirement to volunteer for the past ten months. She is on California’s November ballot.
commented 2014-05-12 07:57:21 -0700
If this does happen, I urge to have the ability to monitor the individual districts and to make sure teachers and parents are involved in the decision process.
commented 2014-05-12 06:43:27 -0700
Local Control Funding Formula Base Grant deprives students of a basic education. My child’s District will be bankrupt under this new formula- My Certified Letter to Jerry Brown dated March 26, 2014 which has never been responded to. We have class sizes of 43 in some classes.
commented 2013-10-17 11:50:03 -0700
Hello ~

We are the producers of the documentary, GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District. 50 filmmakers followed 50 subjects on 28 campuses for 1 day to capture an authentic look inside a very diverse public school district in Southern California. Here’s the movie trailer.

Movies about education in recent years have painted a very negative picture. We felt it was an unfair portrayal. We felt the “crisis of confidence” was misguided and misinformed. We felt it was time to hear from the people actually living the public school experience.

We are parents of four children who all attended K-12 public school and we know first hand how incredibly rich and valuable their public school experience has been. We are also filmmakers and we decided to take our cameras into the world of our public schools and capture what really goes on each and every day. We wanted to replace myth with reality, perception with fact. We wanted to both celebrate public education and educate people about the demanding realities and challenges faced daily.

In addition to our 90 minute feature documentary, every filmmaker edited a 4 minute short film and all 50 shorts can be viewed on our website at We have another section of the website called GO PUBLIC Voices where we have interview clips from 65 people captured that day.

We thought Educate our State might be interested in having a screening of the film at your upcoming Camp Educate conference. Here’s the link to our website Here’s also a link to how to sponsor a screening of the film in a theatre near you.

Blessings and GO PUBLIC!

Dawn O’Keeffe

commented 2013-10-10 15:18:00 -0700
I’m writing to ask for Educate Our State’s support of Superintendent Torlakson’s upcoming California STEM Symposium on November 18 & 19 at the Sacramento Convention Center through including an announcement in your newsletter and on your website.

We want to encourage your parents to inquire if their district is taking advantage of this key professional development opportunity for teachers.

Who would be the best person to speak with about this opportunity?


Jenny Kern

commented 2013-09-23 10:24:19 -0700
On July 24, 2013, I made a contribution of $1000 to Educate Our State, with the understanding that I would receive a Patron Ticket to the October Luncheon. In late August I received an invitation to the Lunch, with a personal "Thank you " note on the back of the envelope, but I have not received my Patron ticket. What should I do to receive that ticket?

Bonnie Hamlin
commented 2013-08-15 20:34:44 -0700
The public’s educated now to understand the harm of smoking. The public also understands that healthy eating choices contribute to longevity. So can we understand, too, that teaching literacy skills in the formative years will save money on dropouts, truancy, and ultimately a burgeoning prison population? A well educated learner contributes to society. Literate Nation is an initiative to change how we prepare teachers to teach reading. The kid entering kindergarten expects to learn how to read. We can do it, using evidence based methods. Stop blaming teachers for academic failures. Prepare them to do the job. Get involved. Learn more by going to
commented 2013-08-14 21:37:47 -0700
Hi friends for education! Do you know about Literate Nation, a nationwide movement whose mission is to prepare teachers K-3 with evidence based methods to teach literacy using evidence based methods. A healthy society depends upon a well educated public. Just as we believe in preventive medicine, we must prevent illiteracy and its harmful social consequences by preparing a literate society. Working together we can mobilize and educate the public to see the wisdom of making historic changes in education for the social benefit of all. Let’s consider meeting so we can share constructive strategies to attain what we both believe is critical and possible to achieve. Lucille Cuttler 415 203 9485

2780 19th Ave. #77

San Francisco, CA 94132
commented 2013-07-09 20:53:48 -0700
Please delete my name from your ignorant website.
commented 2013-04-05 16:17:12 -0700
Many of your ideas make sense, but nothing good will happen as long as the teacher’s union has a stranglehold on California education and on the Democratic Party. We need unlimited charter schools, tuition vouchers where the money follows the child to any independent or religious school, a free labor market for teachers, and teacher freedom to match curricula to the needs of the student body in each charter school. With competition, the normal public schools will shape up fast. Monopolies always provide poor quality goods or services at high costs, and state monopolies are particularly bad. Education freedom has been tried in Arizona with great success, and now the success is being replicated in Louisiana and Indiana. Speaking as a retired teacher, the CTA is the dumbest, most selfish, most unprofessional organization I’ve ever seen. We’ve just had a huge tax increase on the so-called “rich”. That money was supposed to solve education funding, but actually it’s just going to be shoveled into CTA pensions and benefits. We’ll see little or nothing in the classroom.
commented 2013-03-15 08:53:54 -0700
I read yesterday that a big group of tech executives were pushing Obama for immigration reform to make it easier to hire high skilled employees. Wouldn’t it be great if this same group pushed on Jerry Brown & CA legislature to increase funding for CA education?
commented 2013-03-15 00:42:49 -0700
Inglewood Unified School District, a State take-over district, per its agenda has issued pick slips to teachers and administration staff. My child, a fifth grader, is in a class of 38 kids. I am a volunteer at Oak Street Elementary and many parents are pulling his/her child of public schools. We need an EDUCATION REFORM now!!!
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