Prop 30 Threatens To Cut School Year

Jenna Clemente, Editorial Editor

Governor Jerry Brown proposes a temporary tax increase (Prop 30) that will be voted for on November 6, which could shorten SJHHS school year by 10 days.
Prop 30 is the proposition which encourages an increase in sales taxes by ¼ cent on taxable goods and raise income taxes by 1% on individuals making more than $250,000 in income in an effort to raise money for public schools.
Schools are funded from the state General Fund, whose two largest sources of revenues are personal income tax and sales tax.
89% of proposed revenue generated from the proposed tax increase would  go to K- 12 schools and 11% will go to community colleges.
Advocates are telling voters if the proposition fails, the school system will be in jeopardy; based on poll assumptions stating education is the most important thing in the government system.
With the 10 day cut, teachers will not get paid the full amount.
“I support Prop 30, because my parents are teachers,” says Hayden Werner, junior. “It would also be more beneficial for all students.”
A yes for Prop 30 is a yes on a 1/4 cent tax increase and with the tax increase, $6 billion will go to every public school system. A no for prop 30 would be no tax increase and a 10 day deduction from the school year, causing SJHHS to get out in late May.
“During this recession, it’s hard to think people will pay the taxes. But 10 days less can be detrimental to the kids’ education.” said, English teacher, Melissa Murphy.
There will be a 10.6% tax total on households with an income of $250,000, 11.3% tax total on households with an income of $300,000, 12.3% tax total on households with an income of $500,000, and a 13.3% tax total on households with an income of $1,000,000.
Prop 30 will help fund the California public school system.
“I believe if it does not pass, then education would not be well developed, so therefore our society would not be well developed.” says junior, Trey Harn.
Opponents say the money may not go towards schools and does not correct the problems in funding our education system. They also say it would make California
Other arguments include have the highest taxed state, 21% higher than the 2nd highest state (Hawaii), and that it might drive out residents with the most tax increase, losing all the tax dollars.
“It’s a difficult decision. Either way there is good and a bad.” said Linda Keeler, French teacher.
If the proposition passes, additional revenues will help balance state budget through 2018 to 2019. If the proposition fails, does, state revenues would be lower through 2018 to 2019, forcing many districts including Capistrano Unified to make even deeper cuts.