Educate Our State is a grassroots, parent-led organization educating and uniting Californians to advocate for
systemic change that will provide all students with a high-quality public education. Add your voice now!

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LEARN

We’ve done a lot research, talked to a lot of education experts, asked a lot of questions and done a lot of thinking. We aren’t education experts, but we’ve learned quite a bit along the way. Find out more about who we are, what we’ve done, and California’s education system by following the links below.

Want to know how Educate Our State all started? Check out Our Story.

Want to know what we stand for? We believe that there are a few fundamental building blocks that are required for an effective education system. Click here for an overview of our mission statement and platform or here for our detailed platform paper.

Want to know our stand on Weighted Student Formula? Please click here to read our letter to the Governor.

Have some questions about Educate Our State? Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Take our Education Pursuit Quiz to test your knowledge of California’s education system. We promise that some of the answers will surprise you!

Want to understand more about how California’s education system compares to the rest of the nation, how your district compares to others, how education if financed in our state, what needs to be fixed and why, plus more? We’ve handpicked some of the great resources that we’ve used to learn more about education in California, just for you. View our Background Primer.

Wondering How Did it Get this Way? Seth Rosenblatt discusses California’s education finances for Educate Our State.

Interested in being kept informed? Check out these sources for daily/weekly updates on California education News compiled by Educate Our State.

Thoughts on Public Education (TOP-ED) - Analysis, Opinion, and Discussion on California Education Policy Blog.

EdSource Today - Engaging Californians on Key Education Challenges Blog.

California Budget Bites - serving fresh policy news and views/one post at a time Blog from California Budget Project.

Legislative Analyst’s Office - California’s Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor This link is to the Education: K-12 reports and publications for those who want to “get in the weeds”.

Rough & Tumble - A snapshot of California Public Policy and Politics.


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Start a Chapter

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Any effort to bring about change in the California Public Education System needs to start at the local level.  Sending letters to legislators and the Governor is a great first step and increases Educate Our State’s visibility and clout, but it will take grassroots organizing across the State from concerned parents and community members to drive real change in Sacramento.  That’s where Chapters and Affiliates come into play.

What’s an Educate Our State Chapter? 

Chapter is a local group of concerned parents and community members that work together with some autonomy to allow them to “personalize” the Educate Our State message to reflect the unique needs of that community while staying true to the Educate Our State Mission Statement and Campaign Platform.

A Chapter’s areas of focus include:

  • Outreach to parents and community members—to offer local support and engage them in the dialog of transforming statewide education
  • Education on issues affecting the state’s K-12 education system
  • Voter registration and voter pledge drives—to increase parent involvement
  • Candidate and local ballot information—collecting and providing education-specific information

If you are interested in becoming involved in a Chapter at the local level please contact:

Cushon Bell, Southern California – cushon@educateourstate.org


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What We Stand For

 

Mission Statement

Educate Our State is a grassroots, parent-led organization educating and uniting Californians to advocate for systemic change that will provide all students with a high-quality public education.

Campaign Platform Overview

California is falling drastically behind in every educational measure for student success including: test scores, dropout rates, funding per pupil, and teacher-student ratios. California is failing its children; the time for change is now.

The current public education system in California is broken. We believe the fundamental building blocks outlined below are essential for an effective, high-quality K-12 education.

Superior Educators: Highly effective, inspirational teachers, principals and staff:

  • Attracting top graduates to teaching
  • Assessments of staff based on student outcomes, not just years of service
  • Provide teacher professional development and training

Logical, Sufficient and Stable Education Funding:

  • Logical and fair funding based on the students’ needs, not where they live
  • Locally-controlled funding with transparency and accountability
  • Enough money for schools based on calculations by education experts
  • Stable funding schools can count on, without yearly changes

Engaging and Stimulating Instruction and Curriculum:

  • Standards-based instruction that engages students
  • Teaching skills necessary for success in the 21st century workplace
  • Useful and timely student assessments

To view our detailed Campaign Platform with references, click here.

We continuously monitor ideas to improve education and make adjustment to our platform as needed.

 

 

 


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Board of Directors

The Educate Our State Leadership Center Board of Directors is committed to supporting leaders across the state to improve public education in their communities. We share a common passion: to make the education system in California better for all kids.

Kilty Belt-Vahle (San Francisco)

Kilty Belt-Vahle, President (San Francisco)

Kilty is an advocate for progressive causes. While signing online petitions for every possible progressive cause, wishing to effect change, she became aware of the power of the petition. With two children in public elementary school in the Mission, the need to better fund the schools became personal. Thus she became lead to Educate our State, and presented this need before the SFUSD Board for the Educate Our State Initiative in 2014. She also volunteered for No on Prop 2 in 2014. Using the Spanish she learned while living in Spainperiodically over 20 years, she reached out to the Latino community, educating her school community, friends and neighbors about the urgent need for policies that fund our schools. Her interest and activities in social justice reach back to her undergraduate days. She studied and wrote about the socio-political artists of history to earn a BA in Art History at the College of Wooster in Ohio, while she was promoting whistle-blowing movies and canvasing for women’s health care rights in her extra-curricular hours.

Hope Wedemeyer Salzer

Hope Wedemeyer Salzer (Piedmont)

Hope Wedemeyer Salzer Hope's steadfast vision is to restore California's public education system to its position of national prominenceafter decades of passive neglect.  As President of her local League of Women Voters, she is committed to delivering robust voter education to motivate voters to confidently participate in democratically-driven change. Moreover, Hope perceives public education to be the link to improving our economy and society noting that education generally correlates directly with better health, environmental stewardship, and self-sufficiency.  Hope's two children participate in the California public school system where she has been a indefatigable andubiquitous volunteer and activist since 2009.   She received her B.A.  from Wesleyan University and, prior to motherhood, developed professional skills with a career in Management Consulting and Direct Marketing mostly for Fortune 100 Companies in the financial services, communications and healthcare industries.

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Ruth Burton, Secretary (Bakersfield)

Ruth was born and raised in Honduras. She and her husband Bruce moved to Bakersfield twenty-five years ago, where she found her passion for teaching.  Ruth worked with migrant children in the rural areas of the southern San Joaquin Valley as a teacher, utilizing her bilingual teaching skills to offer new immigrants into the U.S. an education that included a great deal more than academics.  While any good teacher can attest to the energyrequired in a normal classroom, this migrant population also confronts the challenging issue of poverty, which requires a level of teacher commitment far and above a traditional school environment.  Ruth committed her heart and soul to this profession for almost 15 years and recently retired from the classroom.  She has four children: daughters Ruthie and Ana, both married with children and living in the bay area.  Ana is a teacher, and Ruthie is an Industrial Engineer.  Her son Danny, also married, after eight years in the Navy, lives in Los Angeles, and works for Wells Fargo. Her son James graduated from Haverford College and works for City Bank in South Africa. .  Ruth studied English in England, accounting in Honduras, and worked for almost a decade for the Central American Bank for Economical Integration.  She earned her Masters degree in Spanish language, literature and culture at UC Santa Barbara.c

Suzy Pak, Treasurer

Suzy Pak, Treasurer (Lafayette)

Suzy has a background of more than 19 years in asset management and is currently Client Service Manager for ClearBridge Investments, an equity manager of Legg Mason, Inc., with over $58 billion under management. She is a co-founder of Lafayette for Education, a group of concerned individuals whose focus is to identify, secure and support ongoing revenues for its school district. Suzy is an active community volunteer with service on the boards of the Junior League of San Francisco, the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC), the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation, and the Springhill Elementary Parent Faculty Club. Suzy is a product of California public schools and wants to make sure her two daughters have the opportunity as well. She joins the Lafayette School Board in December 2014. She has a BA in Economics from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from San Jose State University.


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Contact Us

Educate Our State Leadership Center
P.O. Box 475632
San Francisco, CA 94147


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Press

We're saying it loud and clear, there's a crisis facing California Public Education, and we need to stand up and demand change. Watch this video to here what inspires us. 

http://youtu.be/wBRuI750HSA

January 2012

"Not on Our Children's Backs", NBC Class Action

November 2011

"Parents Join to Push for Better Schools" , Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2011

"California parents meet in LA to organize",  KPPC Radio (89.3) Listen

“Education Advocates Demand More Public School Funding”, Redwood City Patch October 3, 2011 

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ABC KGO Local TV , May 24, 2011

“Parents, Students Rally Across State For Education”, KTLA May 24, 2011

“Protests over school budget cuts planned across Calif.", KABC-TV7 Los Angeles May 24, 2011

“Rallies Held in Bay Area Over Cuts to Education”, KTO TV San Francisco May 24, 2011

“California Education Budget Cuts: Rally in Sudio City", Huffington Post May 24, 2011

“Carpenter and Walter Reed Parents Plan Protest”, North Hollywood Patch May 24, 2011

“Parents, Teachers Rallying Against Education Budget Cuts”, Studio City Patch May 24, 2011

“Parents, Teachers Rallying Against Education Budget Cuts”, Sherman Oaks Patch May 24, 2011

“Rally For Education”, Burlingame Patch May 24, 2011

“Lamorindans Rally for Public Education”, Lamorinda Patch May 24, 2011

“Parents Rally to Protest Education Budget Cuts”, Millbrae Patch May 24, 2011

“Protestors Rally In Redwood City To Support Schools”, Redwood City Patch May 24, 2011 2011-05-24_09.05.56.jpg

“Parents rally at State Capitol for public schools”, NBC 10 News Sacramento May 24, 2011

"Parents Rally to Improve Public Schools", East County Magazine May 24, 2011

“Santa Barbara Teachers, Families Rally in Support”, Noozhawk Santa Barbara May 24, 2011

"Wake Up and Smell The School Cuts", Top-Ed May 25, 2011

Rally For Education”Fast News May 25, 2011

“Hundreds of Long Beach Parents and Kids Attend Rally For Public Education", Belmont Sore Patch May 25, 2011

“Rally For Public Education”,  A Driveable Feast Blog

“Luke Perry Joins Rally at His Children School”, Babble.com

“School Beat: Taking Action in a State of Emergency”, Beyond Chron

“School Board Considers Cutting 315 More Jobs”, 10Ten News San Diego

“Rally for Education on Tuesday”, Lamorinda Sun   

"Wake Up California Rally”, San Diego Tribune 

“Budget Cuts Rally Concerned Parents, School Officials”, Long Beach Gazette

“Local schools to join in ‘day of action' rally”,  The Argonaut Los Angeles 

“L.A. school board, union still at odds over budget”, Los Angeles Times

"Wake Up California", Moms LA Blog

“Parents rally to protest education cuts”, Mountain View Voice

“Taking Action in a State of Emergency”, California Progress Report 

"Schools Get Creative to Raise Needed Cash”, San Francisco Chronicle

“If the Parent Voice Get Loud Enough”, NBC Bay Area

Crystal Brown from Educate Our State on Comcast News Makers talking about the Parent Movement and the need for all of us to stand up and support California's students.

April 2011

“Class Sizes to Grow, Despite State's $1.3 Billion Program”, Bay Citizen

 “Parents, Educators Call On Lawmakers To Allow Budget Special Election”, SF Appeal

 “School districts propose drastic budget cuts that raise outcry”, Sacramento Bee

“30,000 parents, and one student, rally in support of June taxes”, San Francisco Chronicle

“The last word: Come together … right now”, California School Board Magazine

“Former Gov. Pete Wilson pulled a Jerry Brown?”, Newsreview

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"Mom's Fight For Schools" Daily News, March 9, 2011 was picked up by Pasadena Star News, Whittier Daily News and San Jose Mercury News.

 



 



 

 KQED radio minute 0:30 "For every parent here there are 1,000 behind you."

 


 




 






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Here is the good news - you're not alone! There are lots and lots of people fighting for high-quality public education in California. And here is the not-quite-so-good news... We have a long road ahead of us, and a lot of work to do. Here are some things you can do to help:

Follow

Join us on Facebook and and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on issues and actions being taken by us, and others, on behalf of California Public Education. This includes a few events we'll be throwing, where you can meet like-minded people in your own community.

Learn

Check out our round up of articles and information. Read up on the issues facing California's public schools on our favorite website, EdSource. One could get lost for hours reading about Title 1, revenue limits, categoricals and the effects of Prop. 13.

Host an Educate Me! Event

The best thing we can do is realize we are not alone! Share your passion for demanding high-quality, public education with others. We'll help, we promise. Contact info@educateourstate.org. We'll share why we started Educate Our State, why it matters and what we are doing to create change. Invite some friends, have them invite more friends...the next thing you know we'll have 25 folks in a room and the ideas will be flowing (maybe some coffee, too). You are part of the solution! Click here for more info.

Start A Chapter

A Chapter is a local group of concerned parents and community members that work together with some autonomy in order for them to “personalize” the Educate Our State message to reflect the unique needs of that community while staying true to the Educate Our State Mission Statement and Campaign Platform. Contact Cushon at Cushon@educateourstate.org for more info.

Donate

With supporters like you, we can increase parent engagement, teach parents how to advocate to improve their children's public school, and create the public will that is necessary for change. With your donation, you are making a difference and helping to improve education for ALL of California's children.


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