Measure H: To maintain/improve academic programs including reading, writing, science and math; fund computer technology, music and arts; retain highly qualified teachers and minimize class-size increases; shall Ventura USD raise $4.5 million per year for four years through a parcel tax at a rate described in the voter pamphlet, provided there is independent citizens’ oversight, senior exemptions, and all funds are spent on neighborhood schools and cannot be taken by the State and used elsewhere?
I support public education in principle. If we want to save our public education system, those that administer public schools need to understand that we live in a world of limited resources, and budget within those means. I am tired of paying thousands upon thousands of dollars in property taxes, state income taxes, sales taxes, usage fees, along with the small print taxes that are attached to every single utility bill, only to have that money squandered instead of being used for what it was intended. Then, the Board Of Trustees show up again, hat in hand, proposing a very specific tax for "our children" and counting on their propaganda machine to spread the sob story of schools with leaky roofs and 500 children sitting on cold, damp floors taking notes on scraps of tree-bark and using their own blood as ink.
My son is a senior in high school, and it is very important to me that he get a quality education, so I would like for there to be money available for things they want to pay for. It has become clear to me, however, that giving these people more money, only serves to embolden them in their squandering pursuits. As far back as I can remember, teachers have been "buying classroom supplies out of their own money" - poor little teachers - yet no matter how much we give them, they never buy any glue or pencils.
What they do buy, however, is power. The $1 Million spent by the teacher's union to fight Prop. 8 would have gone a long way at OfficeMax. Not to mention the gall of using taxpayer's money against them (and it is our money, collected as "dues" from teachers) or the $28,000,000 the Teacher's Union has spent on the traitor Barbara Boxer's campaign. See? Right there would have been all the money to pay for the programs they have listed.
The teacher's union fights every effort to close the flood gates from Mexico, and as a result, we are now having to pay to educate Mexico's children. In the last 10 years the proportion of Hispanic children in California schools has grown to now exceed 50% of all public school children. They outnumber whites by more than 1 million. Does that sound racist? I agree. See the thing is, that American children of Hispanic descent are the same as American Kids of Whatever descent in their deserving of a quality education. I would love to be able to say X% are foreigners here illegally, as quite a few are, but we are not allowed to know that information. The teacher's union and leftist groups posing as "Hispanic Interest" groups put up a huge fight when such questions are asked. All that we get to know, is how much more money we should pony up.
In prior years, I always voted yes on anything school related. As a reward for this, the once top-of-the line California public school system is now competing for last place in the country. You want more money Ventura Unified School District? Throw the Union OUT. I will never again vote for another dime for public schools as long as those crooks are able to get their hands on it. Why throw good money after bad? My one regret is that I didn't send my son to private school as I did my daughter. She now attends Columbia. I will forever have to live with the guilt of the disservice I have done him. But I am sure as heck not going to aid and abet those thugs any longer.