Our ballots are here! The presidential race is on our minds but there are lots of other important items on the ballot as well. Several state propositions and local elections will directly affect our schools and students, so be sure to fill out your entire ballot!
Tuesday, Oct 13 at 7 pm – AUHSD Board of Education Candidate Forum
Not sure which of the four candidates for the AUHSD school board should get your vote? Only two positions are open. Tune in to a livestream candidate forum (no pre-registration required) and hear from candidates Michael Bonino, Christopher Grove, Kristin Braun Connelly, and Rupy Ahluwalia Krishnan directly.
Prop 15: California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act
This initiative would require commercial and industrial real estate property worth $3 million or more be taxed on current market value. This money would be allocated to schools (40%) and other local governments (60%). It is estimated to result in $11.5 billion in additional funding statewide, and between $1.9 million and $3.4 million for AUHSD. How Prop. 15 would increase K-12 districts’ funding. For an even-handed discussion of the pros and cons, see here: Quick Guide: Proposition 15, the proposed ’split-roll’ tax on commercial property.
Prop 16: Repeal Proposition 209 – Restore Affirmative Action
This constitutional amendment would permit the use of race, gender, and ethnic diversity as factors (but not decisive factors) in education including college admissions, government hiring, and government contracting. CSU Trustees endorse repeal of affirmative action ban For more information, see: Proposition 16 — Allow Public Agencies to Consider Diversity.
Note: The California PTA supports both Prop 15 and Prop 16: State Ballot Measures.