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Funding doesn’t reach classrooms

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Measure L did not pass with a two-thirds majority vote, but if all 55 percent of the people supporting the measure put their money where their vote was, the Auburn Union School District would have their $4 million. However, many of those who voted for Measure L are not property owners, and would not have been taxed the $59 a year. I would be surprised if they donate. Allowing people who are not affected by a tax to vote for such a proposition is a flaw in our election laws. Most likely support by those people to be taxed was under 50 percent. The real issue is, why school districts throughout California have had a chronic budget problem for nearly 30 years? This is about the same amount of time that collective bargaining has been around — a bill signed into law in 1974 by then Governor Jerry Brown. What a coincidence! Fifty percent of the state budget is allocated for public education. Eighty-five percent is paid out in salaries and health benefits. When the state gives additional monies to districts, above the normal allocation, the union negotiates it for salaries. Fifteen percent of the budget is not much money to maintain a wide range of class offerings and keep existing classrooms operating properly, along with building maintenance and other costs. Citizens of California have been generous by supporting the school system with 50 percent of their tax dollars. What needs to be addressed is why the money isn’t getting to the classroom! Dianne Foster, teacher, Foresthill