LATEST UPDATES from the san Leandro Teachers association
Greetings SLTA Members,
We are at the beginning of a very busy election cycle. SLUSD’s School Board has approved a bond measure for the March 3 election, and the November 2020 general election will give us an opportunity to fundamentally alter the way public schools are funded in California.
Schools and Community First — Time to Collect Signatures.
Thanks to all of you for the overwhelming support for the Schools and Communities First campaign. Now it’s time for Phase II — signature gathering. If we are successful, California schools will receive $11 or 12 Billion per year, which is equivalent to about $7 million each year in additional funding for San Leandro.
To qualify the SCF Initiative for the State Ballot in November 2020, we need to gather more than 600,000 signatures statewide. CTA has committed to gathering 150,000 signatures statewide.
SLTA is joining this effort, and we need all of us to play a part of this campaign. Your site reps have a packet of initiative signature forms. It’s simple, bring one or two signature forms to your family gatherings (the Holidays are coming up), or your kids’ soccer games and sleepovers. When you have gathered as many signatures as you can, turn them back in to your site rep.
You have to be a registered voter in California to gather signatures. The people who sign must also be registered voters. Each form has to be separated by County (keep a different form for Alameda County voters, but start a new one for San Francisco or Contra Costa or Tulare County voters.)
Fabulous prizes!!! Site reps will turn in the signature charts at the December Rep Council meeting, then again in January and February. The member who collects the most signatures at the December turn-in will receive a gift certificate to Paradiso. There will be another Paradiso gift certificate for the member who turns in the most signatures by the February Rep Council Meeting. And there will be cash gifts for the top three signature gatherers for the whole campaign!
San Leandro School Bond
The SLUSD has approved a school bond initiative for the March 3 election. SLTA’s Executive Board has recommended that Representative Council endorse this measure and lend our support to getting it passed. Representative Council will vote on this issue at the December meeting. The School Bond measure will raise $198 Million over the next 20 years for more classrooms and improved facilities. The success of this campaign depends on teachers and community members getting the word out in the neighborhoods of San Leandro. You’ll be hearing about opportunities to join this campaign as we get into the new year.
If you have any questions about these campaigns, don’t hesitate to contact me!
Tom Morse, SLTA President