California public school families!  Join us for the 2nd annual CALIFORNIA CHILDREN’S RALLY on the front steps of the Sacramento Capitol 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2009!  We’ll bring our kids to visit their legislators again and parade the 100-kid kazoo band, what art/music/protest will YOU bring?  (And yes, we’ll be camping again in Cool, although the baby goats have grown.)

What is the California Children’s Rally?  Write us at magnetyentas@cs.com to request a viewing of Bob Niemack’s new documentary “Burning Mom.”  Or read more at: www.californiachildrensrally.com

4 thoughts on “2nd Annual CALIFORNIA CHILDREN’S RALLY – JUNE 23, 2009

  1. Hey Burning Moms and FOBM’s (Friends of Burning Moms),

    Buoyed by a new inaugural spirit, and yet firmly grounded in nuts and bolts intention (say towards California’s upcoming November elections), what are YOUR ideas for legislation YOU’D like to see California public school parents rally around, to improve our schools?

    Post below as a comment, as many as you like. We’ll run them by our buddy Gray Davis, with whom we’ll be lunching later this month. Apparently GD knows a thing or two about California politics, aside from being a classy gentleman. Thank ‘ee!


  2. Here are 2 legislation ideas worth exploring with Gray Davis.

    1) Reduce the required majority for passing budget changes from a super majority (2/3) to a simple majority (1/2). In this way, many of the school funding legislation might actually get passed.

    2) Require businesses to pay property tax based on current appraised value of their properties each time the properties change hands, just like it’s done for home properties. Currently, businesses pay property tax based on some old appraised value even when properties change hands. This seems very unfair, and also seems like, if changed, could be a big source of school funding.

  3. Personally, I don’t mind the supermajority. I’d just like to lock the governor and the legislators in their chambers together until they pass a budget. I’d lock the bathroom doors and remove all cell phones. I’m sure they could reach some type of consensus a LOT faster with out those type of distractions. 🙂

  4. This is an outrage. The children of California deserve the most up to date instructional materials. This should not be up for debate. Shame on these school board members.

    Textbooks or Busing? A School Board Conundrum

    The San Diego Unified school board balked at spending nearly $10 million on new textbooks and materials last night, complaining that it seemed ridiculous to approve $10 million for books while cutting millions from other programs — including slashing $10 million by ending busing to magnet schools.

    Staffers said that their hands were tied because the funds are specially earmarked for textbooks and other instructional supplies. While California has given school districts the freedom to use some earmarked funds for any purpose during the budget crisis, the legislature did not give schools the total flexibility they craved — including with this particular fund for instructional supplies. Superintendent Terry Grier said that deferring the new textbooks could leave some schools with books that are 8 years old, and would not help fix its budget woes.

    “You will not be allowed to spend those dollars on anything but textbooks,” Grier said.

    School board member Richard Barrera was galled by the idea of spending money on textbooks while schools are trying to transition to digital learning, calling it “the equivalent of, 15 years ago, investing $10 million in typewriters.” He and several other board members argued that San Diego Unified should fight back against the state to get permission to use the money to plug its deficit.

    “They’re not being reasonable with us. I don’t want to be that reasonable with them,” school board member John Lee Evans said.

    But another board member, Katherine Nakamura, said she doubted that protesting the rule would work. She invoked the Williams Act, which requires school districts to provide adequate textbooks or instructional materials, and noted that schools are not yet operating in the digital era when big books will be obsolete.

    “I’m not sure we are quite ready to get Kindles into the hands of every student yet,” she said, referring to a digital reading device. Nakamura added, “I don’t want to bet that Sacramento will roll over on this.”

    The proposal was tabled to give staffers more time to determine which expenses, if any, could be delayed and to seek answers to the questions raised by board members.

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