Are these really the headlines we want to see about San Diego schools?
Increasing San Diego County school districts’ LCFF target funding (less any excess local property tax revenue, typically so-called ‘basic-aids’) suggests that specific districts are experiencing approximately the levels of financial pain shown below (above and beyond the general pain described in West-Ed’s “Silent Recession”).
Across the high-cost counties we’ve reviewed, this pain is generally reflected in multiple measures including less-experienced staff, higher staff turnover, less support staff, fewer enrichment programs (unless supported by external funding sources), perennial budget shortfalls, lower reserves, larger schools, larger class sizes, lower salary structures, antagonistic relationships between trustees, parents, unions, and staff. It is often worse, however, in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage, since the fixed Federal free-or-reduced-price-lunch cut-off excludes many high-needs students from LCFF student-need supplementation who are experiencing housing-cost related poverty.
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Time to make an imPACT!
Please contact your state legislators. Here is the state search tool to find them. Their details are below. Rally friends to make a bigger imPACT!
- Email is nice -- tell them how your school is hurting and how you want them to “support a regional cost supplement to the Local Control Funding Formula in the May Revise.” (They’ll be impressed.)
- A phone call is better -- ask their office if they are supporting a regional cost supplement for your school district -- share a personal story and tell them where they can find more information (here!) if they ask.
- Tweet to your representatives -- ask if they will stand up for your schools and your students and support a regional cost supplement! Tag #MakeAnImPACT and @EducateOurState
- Fax your legislators' offices -- phone calls and faxes are always heard. Get your friends to all do it together for a bigger imPACT.
Now dig deeper! Whom do you know in the Education Community? An education researcher at Cal, Stanford, UC Irvine, UCSD or USC? A school board member? Send them an email, too, and link to this site. We need to influence the influencers!
Still willing to work to help your kids, grandkids, neighborhood kids AND the kids on the other side of the tracks in your county? Please, put this on Facebook and Twitter, talk at your school PTA meeting, address your school board. We are here to help -- just reach out to us here and let us know.
WRITE, EMAIL, TWEET and CALL
PAT BATES State Senate 36 https://bates.cssrc.us/ Capitol Office State Capitol, Room 3048, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4036; District Office 24031 El Toro Road, Suite 201A, Laguna Hills, CA 92653; (949) 598-5850; 169 Saxony Road, Suite 103, Encinitas, CA 92024; (760) 642-0809
BRIAN JONES State Senate 38 https://jones.cssrc.us/ Capitol Office State Capitol, Room 4088, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4038; District Offices 500 Fesler Street, Suite 201, El Cajon, CA 92020; (619) 596-3136
TONI ATKINS: State Senate 38 https://sd39.senate.ca.gov/ Capitol Office State Capitol, Room 205, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4039; District Office 1350 Front Street, Suite 4061, San Diego, CA 92101; (619) 645-3133
BEN HUESO: State Senate 40 https://sd40.senate.ca.gov/ Capitol Office State Capitol, Room 4035, Sacramento, CA 95814-4900; (916) 651-4040; District Offices 303 H Street, Suite 200, Chula Vista, CA 91910; (619) 409-7690 1224 State Street, Suite D, El Centro, CA 92243; (760) 335-3442
RANDY VOEPEL Assembly District 71 https://ad71.asmrc.org/ Capitol Office, Room 4009, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0071; (916) 319-2071 District Office 8760 Cuyamaca Street, Suite 201, Santee, CA 92071; (619) 258-7737
MARIE WALDRON Assembly District 75 https://ad75.asmrc.org/ Capitol Office, Room 3104, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0075; (916) 319-2075; District Office 350 West 5th Avenue, Suite 110, Escondido, CA 92025; (760) 480-7570
TASHA BOERNER HORVATH Assembly District 76 https://a76.asmdc.org/ Capitol Office, Room 4130, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0076; (916) 319-2076; District Office 804 Pier View Way, Suite 100, Oceanside, CA 92054; (760) 433-7601
BRIAN MAIENSCHEIN Assembly District 77 Capitol Office, Room 4208, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0077; (916) 319-2077 District Office 12396 World Trade Drive, Suite 118, San Diego, CA 92128; (858) 675-0077
TODD GLORIA Assembly District 78 https://a78.asmdc.org/ Capitol Office, Room 2176 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0078; (916) 319-2078 District Office 1350 Front Street, Suite 6054, San Diego, CA 92101; (619) 645-3090
SHIRLEY WEBER Assembly District 79 https://a79.asmdc.org/ Capitol Office, Room 3123, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0079; (916) 319-2079 ; District Office 1350 Front Street, Suite 6046, San Diego, CA 92101; (619) 531-7913
LORENA GONZALEZ Assembly District 80 https://a80.asmdc.org/ Capitol Office, Room 2114 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0080; (916) 319-2080 ; District Office 1350 Front Street, Suite 6022, San Diego, CA 92101; (619) 338-8090