PLEASE: Sign the Full and Fair Funding petition
Memo: FUSD Leaders Unite for Full and Fair Funding (pdf)
You can also write to our Governor and our 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)
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 Fremont 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.
PLEASE NOTE: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)