Hannah-Beth for Education

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Education is at its breaking point in California. Every year we are looking at more cuts to our education system resulting in fewer teachers, larger class sizes, and less resources. California ranks 47th in per-pupil spending, and has cut or deferred $20 billion from our schools and colleges during the past four years including over $ 20 million to the Santa Barbara School District.

Our public schools and colleges are responsible for providing a well-trained workforce as well as the innovators and creators of tomorrow. Having strong public schools and emphasizing education is the key to creating a strong economy and for ensuring the future vitality of this state. No other candidate for state office understands that more than Hannah-Beth Jackson.

During her six years in the State Assembly, Hannah-Beth was one of the most active members of the legislature and took on the special interests to stand up for what’s right. She spearheaded efforts to address important local issues such as protecting children and faculty from pesticides sprayed near our schools, protecting seniors from elder abuse, and establishing the Teacher Retention Act to help keep effective, experienced educators in the classroom instead of losing them to other professions.

As an educator and former professor at UC Santa Barbara, she understands that the future of California depends on our commitment to invest in our schools and make our universities the best in the world so they can continue to drive businesses to invest in California and get our economy moving again.

Despite her opponent’s claims about his record, there is only one true proven champion of education in this race. Hannah-Beth’s stance on education isn’t about partisan talking-points or unrealistic funding allocation; it’s about effective policy based on years of experience working with teachers, administrators, and education advocates to achieve real results in our schools and universities. That’s why Hannah-Beth is supported by educators and organizations everywhere, including former State Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell, the California Teachers Association, the California Faculty Association, the California Federation of Teachers, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, numerous local school board members and superintendents, and many other education stakeholders throughout the district.

In the State Senate, Hannah-Beth will make education a top priority and secure reliable, adequate, and effective sources of funding to assure our public schools have the necessary personnel, programs, and resources to provide a quality education for all of California’s students. She will work to close corporate tax loopholes that incentivize businesses to send jobs and revenues out of state. She will pursue new sources of revenue, such as establishing an oil severance-tax in California like every other oil-producing state has, in order to help fund our K-12 schools and public universities and community colleges. Finally, she will continue the work she did in the Assembly to eliminate waste and streamline government so it better serves everyone.

This November, we have the opportunity to elect an experienced leader, who has the proven track record of getting things done, and knows exactly what education in California needs to make sure our children and our state have a bright future. Join us in supporting the only candidate in the race for State Senate District 19 who will get our state back on track, and that’s Hannah-Beth Jackson.

Layne Wheeler is president of the Santa Barbara Teachers Association


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"During her six years in the State Assembly, Hannah-Beth was one of the most active members of the legislature and took on the special interests to stand up for what’s right."
Newsflash!-The Teachers Union is a special interest group that is helping to bankrupt the state without concern for long term economic viability.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 12:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hanna-Beth is clearly a great choice for this position, especially with the grotesque environmental track record of her opponent [Greka apologist]. At the same time, like Das she is at least somewhat controlled by HER own special interests, the unions and the education establishment. I am totally for public education and Prop 30, but we do need new ideas and the constraints of the education bureaucracy trouble many of us.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 1:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If we pass prop. 30, there won't be any need for new ideas. The same wasteful spending by Sacramento will be perpetuated by it's passage. Nothing will change, no one will learn, they will just keep their profligate spending ways until they need another tax increase. Of course without the increase, it will always be education or vital services that will be cut. It won't be the general fund, bloated pensions, legislative pay raises or the like. The only way they can try to sell it to voters is to hold it over our educational system like a sword of Damocles.

Fool us once, shame on them, fool us twice, shame on us.

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 1:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Years ago I wrote Ms Jackson three times to ask her to explain her statement that school voucher take away money from public schools and that it gives money to "religious" schools after she had sent me a campaign flyer in the mail. After two e-mails and one regular letter to her I never got a response.

Sounds to me as though she's tied to the teachers' unions.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 1:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Your broken-record rant is always the same, Botany: you don't care about children and their education, ever insisting that ONLY when the legislators hack the "general fund, [or] bloated pensions, [or] legislative pay raises" will you consider adding funds to education -- but these are separate issues which you, like a radical libertarian, focus upon exclusively.
Vote yes on Prop 30 if you care about children in this state!

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 2:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

These are not separate issues Dan. Why do you think it's always vital services like education that are on the line whenever politicians ask for a tax increase? Maybe some of the money might actually his the classroom, but that will be precious little if any. I love my children too, but throwing more money at this problem hasn't helped in the past and won't help in the future.

Vote yes on Prop. 30 if you want nothing to change in Sacramento!

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 3:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've got the same broken record rant as Botany and I give a ton of money to help under privileged kids with their education. DD-Make an attempt to be objective because your monolithic view is neither applicable or a solution.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2012 at 4:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If the Democrats truly love children they'd scrap the high-speed rail and take the several billion dollars they would save from the state expenditures alone and put it into education.

As the late Senator Everett Dirksen iconically said: " A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money"

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 12, 2012 at 12:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)


italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 12, 2012 at 6:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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