Friday, November 04, 2005

Since You Got Me Started

Let's talk a couple of Prop's.

Proposition 74: Public School Teachers. Waiting Period for Permanent Status. Dismissal. Initiative Statute.
Increases length of time required before a teacher may become a permanent employee from two complete consecutive school years to five complete consecutive school years; measure applies to teachers whose probationary period commenced during or after the 2003-2004 fiscal year. Authorizes school boards to dismiss a permanent teaching employee who receives two consecutive unsatisfactory performance evaluations.

Before a teacher can have tenure, they have to work 3 extra years.

How hard is that?

Let me ask you all a question, how many of you would be given a job for life under any circumstance in your business?

Yeah, me either.

Here's a little stat that is disturbing, LA County, one of the worst school districts in history, employs
145,000 teachers, and over the last 10 years, they have only been able to fire 112.

Enough said, YES on 74!

Proposition 75: Public Employee Union Dues. Required Employee Consent for Political Contributions. Initiative Statute.
Prohibits public employee labor organizations from using dues or fees for political contributions unless the employee provides prior consent each year on a specified written form. Prohibition does not apply to dues or fees collected for charitable organizations, health care insurance, or other purposes directly benefiting the public employee. Requires labor organizations to maintain and submit to the Fair Political Practices Commission records concerning individual employees’ and organizations’ political contributions; those records are not subject to public disclosure.

If you listen to the advertising on this one, you'd think it was trying to break up the unions.

Of course it does take some of the power away from them, and put it back in the hands of the people they represent.

Essentially what it does is makes the Unions ask their members if it is OK to use the money from their dues towards their political agenda. You like your unions agenda, say yes, you don't like it, say no.

Their ridiculous arguement is that 'Big Business' doesn't have to get their shareholders permission to push political agendas.

That is true, but you CHOOSE to buy a stock, and everything that goes with it. In most cases, you have no choice about joining the union.

Again, no brainer, YES on 75.

Proposition 76: School Funding. State Spending. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Changes state minimum school funding requirements (Proposition 98), permitting suspension of minimum funding, but terminating repayment requirement, and eliminating authority to reduce funding when state revenues decrease. Excludes above-minimum appropriations from schools’ funding base. Limits state spending to prior year total plus revenue growth. Shifts excess revenues from schools/tax relief to budget reserve, specified construction, debt repayment. Requires Governor to reduce state appropriations, under specified circumstances, including employee compensation, state contracts. Continues prior year appropriations if new state budget delayed. Prohibits state special funds borrowing. Requires payment of local government mandates.

This one kills me. On one hand I want to say how ridiculous our per head spending is on education, it is one of the lowest in the country.

BUT, take the Illegal Alien children out of the equation and we're through the roof.

The 'NO on 76' people will have you believe that Arnold CUT the education budget by $2 Billion, but that is a distortion of the facts.

The truth is that they were expecting a $5 Billion dollar INCREASE, and Arnold gave them $3 Billion.

The education budget does not have $2 Billion LESS than they had last year, they have $3 Billion more
than they had last year!

Consider, 40% of California's budget goes to education, if we want to reform the bad economic state of CA,
where would you start?

Especially considering another 35% goes to healthcare. Those two take up 75% of our entire budget!

It is long past the time that education starts running like a business. Of course we have to do everything possible to ensure our young people are educated,
but there are bigger issues hurting education than the budget.

I see it as education is getting plenty of money, Illegals and bad management are the problem,
not the amount we pay in taxes.

Maybe if they have to actually cut some of the ridiculous money being spent at the top of the food chain, they will be more responsible,
and force the issue of illegal immigration.

And, if we want to keep the status quo,
we have a choice, cut spending, or raise taxes.

Bottom Line,
I don't want to pay more taxes to educate Illegal Aliens or keep wasting money on the top education officials raping the budget!

So a big YES on 76.

Proposition 77: Reapportionment. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Amends state Constitution’s process for redistricting California’s Senate, Assembly, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts. Requires three-member panel of retired judges, selected by legislative leaders, to adopt new redistricting plan if measure passes and again after each national census. Panel must consider legislative, public proposals/comments and hold public hearings. Redistricting plan becomes effective immediately when adopted by judges’ panel and filed with Secretary of State. If voters subsequently reject redistricting plan, process repeats. Specifies time for judicial review of adopted redistricting plan; if plan fails to conform to requirements, court may order new plan.

The fact that NO incumbent in CA was defeated in the last election, should speak volumes.

The fact that a Republican only represents a majority Republican District is absurd.

Same on the Democrat side.

There is no longer true representation in California, there is only politics as usual.

And how's that worked out for us?

Keep reelecting the people that have screwed us into our current deficit, or try something new?

A very easy vote for YES on 77.

I'm not going to comment in detail on 73, 78, 79 or 80.

73, If you think a girl of any age should be able to get an abortion without parental knowledge, you go ahead and vote YES, but you obviously don't have a daughter.

I have no kids, and I have a big problem with this, I don't know what kind of person would vote yes on this.

An easy NO on 73.

And 78 and 79, both are flawed, just vote NO.

80, is another NO, CA screwed up their energy programs once, lets leave it alone for a minute, and focus on these other Props, we can deal with electricity later, and in a better way that 80 suggests.

Maybe in the next day or two, I'll post more on 78, 79 and 80.

Hope this clears up the lies we've been seeing on TV.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if you are ill-informed or if you simply using the information incorrectly. Let's talk about "tenure". I think that it is important to ask around for the real facts. Arnold is simply not telling you the truth - especially regarding Prop 74. There is NO SUCH THING AS JOB SECURITY FOR LIFE in education. First, as a teacher, I have 2 years to prove myself and if that does not happen, schools would rather fire me than take the chance on someone who is not a great teacher that MIGHT get better. In fact, schools can and WILL fire candidates without stating a reason. If I do make "tenure", I am formally evaluated every 2 years. On my off years, I can be still be fired. The principal just has to have cause.

All this is while principals constantly walk in and out of my class without notice and parents watch my every move. I think that it is ridiculous to make it sound like I have some job security. Proponents of Prop 74 point out an isolated case of a teacher not being released from duty for misconduct but that is not the norm.

And when you do fire all the teachers, who are you going to get to replace them. Teachers are always the scape goat and are not paid very much for their efforts. Why would anyone want the job at this point?

Let's talk about the salary and benefit issue. Some people talk about great benefits but as a teacher, I pay for my OWN medical insurance and put in for my retirement - all on an income that does let me buy a house in a state with a median house price at above 400k.

In fact, I have a Bachelor's Degree that took me 5 years to earn from a prestigious Illinois University. Then, when I moved out here, I had to take additional classes for 2 years at a university as well as receive district training so that I can pass the state's illogical requirements. I have 11 years experience and a Master's Degree and all I make is 54k a year. My friends may far more with far less education. Also while I was in the private sector, I received a cost of living increase of 3-4% but as a teacher, I MAY receive 1/2% or none at all. I am sick of my friends being able to support their families better than I can.

Again, who would sign up for a job like this? Please review your facts more carefully and don't use Los Angeles Unified as your basis. No one wants to work there for MANY reasons.

You want better teachers? Pay us better and stop using us as a scape goat. Then, perhaps, people will sign up to replace the people you feel shouldn't teach.

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