Fund Education Now
January 31, 2020: Press Release: Livermore Schools Join Funding Awareness Week
February 4, 2020: LVJUSD Board of Education Passes Fund Education Now Resolution
Contact Your Local Officials
Governor Gavin Newsom
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email Governor Newsom
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Assembly District 16
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0016
2440 Camino Ramon, Suite 345
San Ramon, CA 94583
Email Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
Steven M. Glazer, Senate District 7
State Capitol, Room 5108
Sacramento, CA 95814-4007
51 Moraga Way, Suite 2
Orinda, CA 94563
Antioch, CA 94509
Sample Content for Communication
Despite boasting what is purported to be the fifth-largest economy in the world and the highest gross domestic product of any state, California sits near the bottom nationally in nearly every significant measure of school funding and school staffing.
Adjusted for cost of living, California ranks 41st in per-pupil funding, we're 45th in the percentage of taxable income spent on education, 45th in student-teacher ratios, and 48th in staff per student. That’s not good enough for our children, our state, or our future.
California is the home of innovation and opportunity - we've never been content with average. To meet the needs of 6.2 million public school students and prepare them for an increasingly competitive and complex world, we simply must do more. We must secure Full and Fair Funding for public schools to provide every California student with a high-quality education and the resources needed for success in college, career, and civic life.
Although funding to public education has increased in recent years, we have only now returned to funding levels we had prior to the 2008 recession. In that time, cost of living has significantly increased as have construction costs needed to renovate and build needed school facilities. In addition, the percentage that school districts must now pay toward the cost of employee pensions and unfunded mandates to meet the range needs of our diverse students have forced school districts to make or consider deep cuts. Districts, like Castro Valley Unified, are unable to provide teachers and employees with the compensation they deserve. Please put your support behind providing Full and Fair Funding for California schools. Our children are counting on you.