California's prosperous future rests in the hands of children attending our public schools today.
It is a known fact that a community is only as good as its workforce, and schools are where the workforce is trained. The bulk of our education dollars should be spent in the classroom, not on the education bureaucracy. Schools and teachers must be held to standards and accountability. Good teachers should be rewarded, and good schools should be recognized.
We also have a responsibility to be straightforward with teachers, parents and students regarding the level of funding they will be receiving, instead of misleading them with smoke and mirrors. I, along with my colleague, will introduce a Constitutional Amendment to make illegal the cash deferrals and other gimmicks that are used to hide the ball and that result in our schools being short-changed. Never again will the state be able to make empty promises to our public schools. If the legislature chooses to cut funding they must invoke the legal protections for schools by suspending Proposition 98 thereby guaranteeing a re-payment to schools.