East Bay Coalition for Public Education

East Bay CoalitionThe CVUSD Board of Education passed a resolution at its January 23rd board meeting recognizing February 3-7, 2020 Fund Education Now Week. Fund Now Education Week is an opportunity for districts across the Bay Area to unite by participating in advocacy efforts for full and fair funding for California schools. View the full resolution here.

Students in classroomThousands of public education professionals and supporters took part in the East Bay Coalition for full Funding rally last Saturday, an event that sent a loud and clear message to Sacramento: Invest in our future by increasing funding to our public schools.

Castro Valley teachers, support staff, board members and many other elected officials were joined by students, parents and administrators at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. Their peaceful demonstration carried the united message that our State must be urged to fully fund public education.  

Testimonials from teachers were buoyed by speeches from elected officials, including Senator Nancy Skinner and Assemblymember Rob Bonta and the County Superintendent, and union leaders as well as other supporters of public education all sharing  the common message of increasing investments in our public schools.

Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) has a longstanding and well-earned reputation for excellent public schools. We’ve received numerous state and national recognitions and our students are regularly sought out for esteemed college and career opportunities. These achievements rely on hard working education professionals, dedicated support staff, families and elected leaders coming together to ensure our children are prepared to thrive after high school.  At the rally, we joined together as we always do to advocate for our children.

Despite California having what is purported to be the fifth largest economy in the world, our schools are funded in the bottom five of all fifty states.  In addition to not fully funding education, the State continues to add financial responsibilities to school districts without providing the necessary funding to support these mandates.

We are grateful for additional funding  promised recently by Governor Newsom, but there is still a tremendous gap between expectations and funding in California's public schools.

This gap must be bridged.  Join us to fight for what’s right for our children – for our future.  Contact your local and state elected officials and urge them to increase funding for the 6.4 million students in California's public schools. Ask them to support the passage of legislation that will improve our public education funding model.

You can also write to our Governor and local legislators.  Please see sample content below.

Governor Gavin Newsom
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email Governor Newsom (https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/)

Senator Bob Wieckowski, SD 10
39510 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite 280
Fremont, CA 94538
Email Senator Wieckowski (https://sd10.senate.ca.gov/contact/email)

Assemblymember Kansen Chu, AD 25
1313 N. Milpitas Blvd Suite #255
Milpitas, CA 95035
Email Assemblymember Chu (https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD25)

Assemblymember Bill Quirk, AD 20
22320 Foothill Blvd, Suite 540
Hayward, CA 94541
Email Assemblymember Quirk (https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD20)


Sample Content

Despite boasting what is purported to be the fifth-largest economy in the world and the highest gross domestic product of any state, California sits near the bottom nationally in nearly every significant measure of school funding and school staffing.

Adjusted for cost of living, California ranks 41st in per-pupil funding, we're 45th in the percentage of taxable income spent on education, 45th in student-teacher ratios, and 48th in staff per student. That’s not good enough for our children, our state, or our future.

California is the home of innovation and opportunity - we've never been content with average. To meet the needs of 6.2 million public school students and prepare them for an increasingly competitive and complex world, we simply must do more. We must secure Full and Fair Funding for public schools to provide every California student with a high-quality education and the resources needed for success in college, career, and civic life.  

Although funding to public education has increased in recent years, we have only now returned to funding levels we had prior to the 2008 recession.  In that time, cost of living has significantly increased as have construction costs needed to renovate and build needed school facilities. In addition, the percentage that school districts must now pay toward the cost of employee pensions and unfunded mandates to meet the range needs of our diverse students have forced school districts to make or consider deep cuts.  Districts, like Castro Valley Unified, are unable to provide teachers and employees with the compensation they deserve. Please put your support behind providing Full and Fair Funding for California schools. Our children are counting on you.

The use of School District resources for advocacy (support) of a bill or position is lawful. Advocacy of full and fair state funding for public education is a California School Boards Association (CSBA) campaign - NOT a local candidate or ballot measure. Additionally - impartial (non advocacy) informational presentations are always authorized no matter the subject at local and State levels. (CA Ed. Code, sec. 7054)