Target: Board of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Goal: Approve 180-day academic school year and get Los Angeles teachers back to work
The results are in, and with the passing of Proposition 30 California voters have sided with state-wide education. Californians have proven that generations of educated youth are well worth a quarter-cent tax increase. With 54 percent of the vote, the state voted in favor of this proposition which will protect school districts all across the state from $5.4 billion in budget cuts. And in Los Angeles, the support was even greater—with a 60 percent majority vote.
Not long after news of the success broke, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy pledged to reestablish a full 180-day academic calendar and to end all planned employee furlough days set for the current school year. After years of budget cuts and shrinking instructional time, this is a huge step in the right direction for schools in Los Angeles.
“With their strong support of Proposition 30, the voters of Los Angeles County made it clear they want the LAUSD to do what’s best for our youth,” explained Deasy in a statement, “Restoring the full calendar and keeping our employees in the schools is a pivotal step in this effort.”
But before any changes can be made, the school board must vote to approve the restoration of the 180-day school calendar. Deasy, along with many sitting members of the school board, believe that there is “zero risk” in asking for approval. To ensure that this proposal passes and that Los Angeles teachers return to work, please sign the petition below.
Dear Members of the LAUSD Board of Education,
With the election now behind us, one thing was made abundantly clear—education is important to Los Angeles voters. With the passing of Proposition 30, voters all across California have let it be known that the education of the state’s youth is much more important than a small quarter-cent tax increase. In the wake of the good news, Los Angeles Superintendent John Deasy (along with countless dedicated teachers) is looking forward to restoring the 180-day academic school year.
But before teachers can officially get back to work, the LAUSD Board of Education must approve this plan. We all want to see Californians get back to work, and we especially want to know that the future of California is educated to the best degree possible. This decision now rests with you. It is a simply choice, but one that has huge implications for the future of the state and nation’s youth. It is for this reason that I, the undersigned, have pledged my support to LAUSD, teachers, students and a full academic school year.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State Official Blog