What is Fund Education Now Week?

From February 3-7, PUSD and the East Bay Coalition for Public Education ask you to join our advocacy efforts and learn more about the funding issues facing our school and schools all across California. We are asking students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community to reach out this week to our state legislators to advocate for increased funding for our schools.

Why is this important?

  • Funding for California public schools has been insufficient for decades. Piedmont tries to “fill the gap” with our Parcel Taxes and Giving Campaign funding, but that is not a sustainable formula. 
  • Some funding has been restored recently under the Local Control Funding Formula, but not enough. Piedmont receives significantly less in LCFF funding than surrounding schools.
  • California ranks among the bottom ten states in annual per-pupil spending.
  • When the state fails to invest in public schools, students suffer. Art and music programs disappear. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is pared back to the minimum levels required under law.
  • Like districts across the country, the lack of funding contributes to the struggle to recruit and retain teachers with salaries that do not cover the costs of living in the area. 

What will help?

Pass AB 39: AB 39 directs growth in the Proposition 98 guarantee to increase LCFF target base grant amounts starting in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Fund AB 39 Through the State Budget

  • To fully fund AB 39, the state must pass a budget that allocates additional funding to public schools this year, and in the next several years.
  • Support lawmakers who commit to funding AB 39 in the state budget.

Additional Reading

An Open Letter to Our Governor from The Public School District Superintendents of Alameda County

Fund Education Now  Week Schedule

Monday, February 3
Elementary students and teachers will create artwork, posters, postcards, etc. about the importance of education in their lives.

 

Tuesday, February 4
PMS, MHS, and PHS students and teachers will create testimonials about education and state funding. High school students will share via social media. PMS students will create artwork, posters, and letters.

 

Wednesday, February 5
Parents and Community members will share the importance of education and why schools need more funding via social media and email. And, stop by our Schools & Communities First table outside Mulberry’s to see how you can help.

 

Thursday, February 6
Everyone wears RED for Ed! We will have a community rally from 3:30-4:30pm at the Community Center in Piedmont Park as we make our voices heard through music, snacks, speakers, videos and so much more. Everyone is welcome!

 

Friday, February 7
The Fund Public Education Now team will bring all the posters, artwork, and letters to Buffy Wicks and Nancy Skinner and tell them we want change!

How to Help

Via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, send the message:

Education is important because…

 “Schools need more funding because…

If our schools had more funding, we could…

Want more ideas? Check our our Messaging & Images page.

Tag it:

@EastBayFundEd (to alert our surrounding school communities that we stand together)

@gavinnewsom (Governor)

@buffywicks (our Assembly Member)

@nancyskinnerCA (our State Senator)

@tonythurmond (State Superintendent of Education)

@NoguchiOnK12 (Sharon Noguchi, Bay Area News Group)

@jilltucker (Jill Tucker, SF Chronicle)

@vanessarancano (Vanessa Rancano, Education Reporter for KQED)

@sawsan24 (Sawsan Morrar, Sac Bee School Accountability reporter)

@piedmontunified (to alert the Piedmont Community)

@piedmontEdFn (to alert PEF)

Hashtag it:

#redfored

#fundcaed

#chalkbeat

#piedmontunified

#piedmonteducationfoundation

Email/Phone/Letter it:

Click HERE for a sample script/letter

Governor Gavin Newson
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: Governor Newsom
Phone: (916) 445-2841

 

The Honorable Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Education
1430 N Street, Suite 5602
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901
Email: The Honorable Tony Thurmond
Phone: (916) 319-0800

 

Assemblymember Buffy Wicks
1515 Clay Street, Suite 220
Oakland, CA 94612
Email  Assemblymember Buffy Wicks
Phone: (510) – 286-1400

 

Senator Nancy Skinner
1515 Clay Street, Suite 2202
Oakland, CA 94612
Email: Senator Nancy Skinner
Phone: (510) 286-1333

 

Speaker of the Assembly,
Anthony Rendon

P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0063
Email: Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon
Phone: (916) 319-2063

 

Senate President Pro Tempore
Senator Tong G Atkins
State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: Senator Tony Atkins
Phone: (916) 651-4039

For more information on the program, or to volunteer to help, please contact Cory Smegal at csmegal@piedmont.k12.ca.us