It would raise an estimated $500 to $800 million every year for schools. That could help restore money that has been cut since 2009.
Local business owner, Steve Funk says he may be affected by the tax, but voters must consider the past cuts to education.
“Right now we are delivering less for our kids than we have for ourselves and we have to turn that around if this state is going to survive," says Funk.
Teachers complained about summer temperatures in classrooms that were above 90 degrees, 12-year-old science textbooks and high teacher-to-student ratios. Trade unions and MGM Resorts oppose the measure.
They say it will cost thousands of jobs.
Number Of 'Significantly Disengaged' Kids At Sacramento Public Schools Has Skyrocketed During The PandemicFebruary 15, 2021
Before the pandemic closed schools, only a few dozen kids at Sacramento City Unified schools missed three days a week of school or more. Now, that number is almost a thousand.
Schools would only qualify in counties with lower infection rates. Kindergarten through sixth grade is prioritized in the governor’s $2-billion plan, which would need the Legislature’s approval.
The Folsom Cordova Unified School Board voted for its students to return to classrooms part time. It comes in anticipation of schools in the county getting the greenlight to reopen after moving into the red tier of California’s reopening guidelines.
Without clear guidance from the state, coronavirus testing remains a contentious and costly issue as more school districts inch toward reopening.
A closely watched report commissioned by Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for more local discretion and tighter regulation of charter schools.
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