Saturday, January 19, 2008

Education Groups DENOUNCE Props 94-97

Lets see, the leaders of the largest teacher's groups in the state are AGAINST the compacts and the pro gaming puts a young teacher who may not even have her credential, on television.

Contact: Shelly Sullivan(916) 213-3700
Sacramento —

In consideration of the new advertisement featuring a teacher in a classroom the following statements were issued today jointly by the California Federation of Teachers, the California School Employees Association and United Teachers Los Angeles who are calling on the Yes on 94-97 campaign to cease making false promises to voters about funding for our schools in their campaign to expand their casinos:

“We are deeply concerned by the Yes on Proposition 94-97 campaign’s claim that schools will benefit from these gambling compacts, when the truth is that none of the propositions’ revenues would be dedicated to our schools.”

Marty Hittelman, president of the California Federation of Teachers

“The 2006 Compacts’ revenues will not flow through Proposition 98 (the state’s minimum funding formula for education), meaning that these funds will not automatically benefit schools. And, if experience is any indication, it is highly unlikely that any compact funds will be used for our schools in the future.

Rob Feckner, president of the California School Employees Association
“If approved by voters under the false impression they are voting to ‘provide billions to California schools,’ Proposition 94, 95, 96, and 97 could further the misperception that schools are receiving adequate funding from gambling measures – a misperception that already plagues educators’ efforts to provide genuine revenue increases to California schools.”

A.J. Duffy, president of the United Teachers Los Angeles

Propositions 94-97 will not deliver on their fiscal and social promises. Educators are urging Californians to vote no on Props 94-97 and send elected officials back to the negotiating table to craft compacts that are fair to education, public safety, taxpayers, workers, the environment and other tribes.

VOTE NO on Props. 94-97

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