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Blog: MUSD Staff Implores You To Vote Yes on Prop 30

Proposition 30 is very important to the Monrovia Unified School District teachers. Please stand in support of your children and their teacher(s).

My name is Scott Iler and I am a teacher at Monrovia High School as well as a Monrovia resident. The fact that I live in Monrovia and work at my High School Alma Mater is a huge testament to this city as well as the education I earned in the Monrovia Unified School District.

This is a last minute effort to get out to the public a sense of how, if proposition 30 does not pass will affect our students and teachers. In order to help balance the budget, teachers have already taken furlough days, this means we have already given up 6 days of instruction. If 30 does not pass, we will lose up to 15 additional days of instruction. This cuts the school year by up to 21 days. Our students will be losing out on almost a month of instruction!

This affects teachers' salary as well, we will take an even greater reduction in pay than we already have! This scenario is not one that we as a state or country can afford. California is already ranked 48th in education. As teachers we are fully aware that those who oppose prop 30 are big business and they have or will out spend us 15 to 1.

In addition, if proposition 32 does pass, teachers will effectively be hamstrung in that we will not have a voice to fight for our students and schools. What happened in Wisconsin CAN happen in California and Monrovia. In a nutshell, a yes vote on prop 30 means that it will stop another $6 billion in cuts to our schools this year. For college students it will prevent steep tuition hikes for college students and their families.

The staff of the Monrovia Unified School District is asking the community to Invest in our schools and colleges so we can prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future. Please join the men and women who teach your children and vote yes on 30 and no on 32!

Scott Iler, M.A. Ed. SPED Dept. Chair Monrovia High School

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T. L. Shryock October 27, 2012 at 06:00 AM
The Governor and the Legislature have set up the current budget just so people will think that the only answer is Proposition 30. The fact is they did not have to say that if 30 fails then the school budget will be cut further. They chose to set the schools up as the fall guys because they think the people are too ignorant to know the truth! Proposition 30 only raises taxes and gives it to the spenders in Sacramento with not guarrantee to be spent on schools, more likely it will be spent on more salaries and pensions. Half of California's budget goes toward education now, and when cuts need to come then it makes sense that some have to come from half of the budget. Proposition 32 does not "hamstring" the most powerful lobby in the U.S. They will still have no trouble stopping legislation that would get rid of teachers that molest students with a single phone call. The union is for the union, not for the teachers, and not for the students. Join thinking people in California and vote NO on 30 and YES on 32!
Alicia Flick October 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM
As a citizen, I am happy that a relatively small tax increase - a quarter of a cent - will go to education and other services provided by the state, such as infrastructure - I depend upon everyday. As far as some of that money going toward salaries, I know that people provide these services and feel good when my fellow citizens are employed and also able to contribute to the common good. It is stunning that you think teachers are the most powerful lobby in the U.S. Teacher unions are comprised of hard working people who have been demonized and scapegoated by truly powerful forces for their own ends. Thinking people in California recognize your insulting sentence is written so it appears that teachers molest students via a single telephone call. Perhaps a teacher could help.
Ryan M October 29, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I agree the system is broken and that prop 30 seems more like a bandage, but until we can fix the system we need to stop the bleeding. Parents and students will both be hurt if it does not pass. Students will be learning less since they are not in school, and parents will be stuck footing the bill trying to find child care. California is broken, and while I hate the idea of bailing out the state once again, I fear that if we don't, the consequences will be too great. Shame on Governor Brown for putting this on the backs of our children and teachers and shame on the legislators for not fixing the problem.
RKW October 31, 2012 at 10:32 PM
The problem is that K-12 public education in California is replete with systemic flaws and Prop. 30 does absolutely nothing to correct any of them. As the non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office says, the money from the tax increases "provide additional revenues to pay for programs funded in the state budget." That's it. No reforms – zip, nada – just more money to pay for the status quo and no guarantee that it goes for education. No guarantee? Sorry. NO on PROP 30.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 01, 2012 at 06:37 PM
My folks, daughter, and I have already voted. We all understand that the State is and has been in a continued mess long predating this Governor. The future of our nation depends upon the education we provide to our children. As such, each of us voted Yes. Those crying for reforms in education seem only to cry. They don't seem to take a proactive stance to dig in, roll up the shirt sleeves, and make it happen. Those who say they have no responsibility to someone else's kids' education probably forget that someone else's parents and grandparents helped to pay for theirs. Even private schools get some support, for the most part, from the educational materials available. To our valiant educators, hang in there. There has been strong support in many circles for Yes on 30, No on 32, and many have been rallied to the cause. If you find you need supplemental classroom materials, don't forget that DonorsChoose.org is there for those of us who believe in education. Thanks for what you are doing.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 01, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Perhaps it would be good for some to go back and read this blog I wrote about education and DonorsChoose in the early part of this year. It alludes to 30. It talks about the cost per student and the number of students in Monrovia. It talks about how much money teachers are forced to shell out from their own pockets for education, and it talks about how to supplement some of the needs. http://monrovia.patch.com/blog_posts/donorschoose-an-easy-way-to-donate-to-local-schools
Ed Delgado November 01, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Why no mention of Prop 38? That proposition seems alot more HONEST in light of the criticism of Prop 30. I get the feeling that people are realizing that all the dough in California won't get the drop out rate and reading levels to acceptable levels. I guess if we can finally rule out the money excuse we can look at other causes of the state's education decline.
Gary Edwards November 02, 2012 at 11:44 PM
why is monrovia hs article showing up in altadena patch? someones pushing an agenda.
Scott Iler November 02, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Great to know its getting attention in Altadena, thanks for your time Gary!
Gayle M. Montgomery November 03, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Gary, they cross Patch articles all the time. It could start in one town and that be Patched to other municipalities depending upon how wide the editors think the audience may be, best as I can tell.
Christopher Armstrong November 03, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Anyone who voluntarily agrees to pay more tax to this Socialist-led state that grossly mismanages and wastes taxpayer money deserves exactly what they get - more mismanagement, more waste and ultimately, bankruptcy.
Scott Iler November 03, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Thank you For your comment, we appreciate your opinion and will be sure to educate the children that they too have a voice that can be shared. Please let us do it by not taking away additional days of instruction. Again, thank you for your input.
Scott Iler November 08, 2012 at 05:58 AM
On behalf of the MUSD teachers, we'd like to thank you for the support you have shown for allowing us to serve the community, you, and your children. Without your yes vote, we could not have done our job(s) so well. Again, thank you. We will not let you down!
Robert Parry November 13, 2012 at 04:45 AM
One must wonder how long before the MUSD teachers demand a raise.
Dan Crandell November 17, 2012 at 09:06 PM
The first 250+ million dollars raised by Prop.30 is already spent. The State has to shore up gambling losses on scam Wall Street investments. And you all thought it was for the children.

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