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!

Tim Wayne

donated 2015-09-09 11:14:34 -0700

Donate to Educate Our State Leadership Center

With supporters like you, Educate Our State Leadership Center can increase parent engagement and educate parents on how to improve their children's public school system. With your donation, you are making a difference and helping to improve education for ALL of California's children.

Thank you for your support.

Your gift to Educate Our State Leadership Center is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by IRS regulations.

If you would like to contribute to our 501c4 and help us advocate for great schools in California, click here.


published Events in TAKE ACTION 2012-04-09 19:32:20 -0700

Events

All Educate Our State events can be found on the Educate Our State (501c4) website.  To leave the Educate Our State Leadership Center (501c3) website, please click link below.

 events_graphic2.jpg


published MEDIA 2012-03-03 16:38:28 -0800

Media

Voters Pondering Competing Tax Measures
Posted by · October 08, 2012 11:13 AM

GOOD - Op Ed
Posted by · October 08, 2012 11:10 AM

What Happens if Both Prop 30 and 38 Pass in November - KCET Blog
Posted by · September 12, 2012 9:08 PM


published Former Gov. Pete Wilson pulled a Jerry Brown? in MEDIA 2012-03-03 16:28:22 -0800

Former Gov. Pete Wilson pulled a Jerry Brown?

 

When Pete Wilson took the governor’s office in 1991, he also took on a $14 billion budget deficit—at the time the largest budget shortfall in the state’s history.

A nasty fight followed, between the Republican governor and the Democratic-controlled Legislature. But in the summer of that year, Wilson signed a budget that split the deficit burden equally between cuts and tax hikes. About $7 billion was slashed from state programs, and about $7 billion in additional revenue came from tax increases—including higher income taxes on the wealthy.

As per the state constitution, this could only be accomplished with two-thirds support of the state Legislature. Wilson got the votes, just barely, thanks to help from several Republicans who found new taxes distasteful but who voted with Democrats anyway, in order to close the gap. As it turned out, the state economy came back pretty strong after that, and remained strong throughout the rest of the 1990s. Ronald Reagan likewise hiked taxes by $1 billion upon taking the governor’s office in 1967.

Read more


published The last word: Come together … right now in MEDIA 2012-03-03 16:26:33 -0800

The last word: Come together … right now

 In my speech to the CSBA Delegate Assembly last December, I told the delegates I wanted the theme of my presidency to be one of recognition. Recognition of school boards, recognition of school board members, recognition of staff, and recognition of the teachers, parents, administrators and all of the others who tirelessly advocate on behalf of California’s children each and every day.

In the past few weeks we’ve seen this tireless advocacy demonstrated  in the work that school board members and others have done to ensure that California voters have the opportunity to consider a measure to extend temporary revenues as a means to protect education funding.

Read more


30,000 parents, and one student, rally in support of June taxes (video)

 http://youtu.be/hP-u6DA9-qw

A group of San Francisco mothers who have helped organize 30,000 parents around the state to press for a June vote on tax extensions made their case at a Sunset District elementary school Wednesday morning, along with one student: Jack Cramer.

The group, called Educate Our State, said they have sent 30,000 letters to lawmakers and the governor as part of their “Let Us Vote,” campaign. The letters demand that legislators place a package of $14 billion worth of tax increases and extensions before voters June. The group argues that without the vote — a key part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal — the governor’s budget will fall apart and schools will feel the brunt of the problem.

Read more


School districts propose drastic budget cuts that raise outcry

In recent weeks school districts have rolled out doomsday budgets that call for hundreds of layoffs, larger class sizes, the elimination of sports and the end of glee club and cheerleading.

School boards say drastic cuts are needed to balance budgets if tax extensions proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown aren't put on the ballot by state lawmakers and approved by voters in June.

Will the cuts really play out as described? Or are educators choosing programs popular with parents so they will lobby lawmakers to put the tax measure to a vote?

Jonathan Raymond, superintendent of Sacramento City Unified, admits the decision to target sports programs was political. "The reality is that with athletics, people take notice," he said. "If it's the only thing to get people to step up and mobilize, it's worth it.

"Frankly, the public outcry is needed."


Parents, Educators Call On Lawmakers To Allow Budget Special Election

 A coalition of parents, educators and their supporters gathered in San Francisco today to call on state representatives to let tax extensions--a key part of Gov. Jerry Brown's state budget proposal--go before voters so K-12 education cuts might be spared in this year's cycle.

The group, a grassroots organization called Educate our State!, delivered 30,000 letters this week to state lawmakers asking them to support the budget, which would close a $25 billion deficit with $12.5 billion in cuts and $12 billion in revenue generation.

The revenue is dependent upon voters deciding in June to extend various taxes and fees, but so far, Republican lawmakers have refused to let the issue go before the public. Brown needed an additional four votes, today's speakers said.

Read more


Class Sizes to Grow, Despite State's $1.3 Billion Program

For years, the Oakland Unified School District spent millions of dollars to open small schools and hire more teachers, giving it some of the smallest class sizes in Alameda County.

But that effort is slowly eroding as the state’s financial troubles deepen.

The district’s average class size next year could jump to 30 students for every teacher, up from 23 this year, a 30-percent increase, according to figures provided by the district.

Read more


Comcast NewsMakers - Educate Our State - Crystal Brown (video)

Crystal Brown discusses Educate Our State - the parent movement in California. 


published Schools Get Creative to Raise Needed Cash in MEDIA 2012-03-03 16:14:47 -0800

Schools Get Creative to Raise Needed Cash

 Principals are kissing pigs. Kids are busking at BART stations, their violin cases open to collect cash.

And dog look-alike contests? Sure - anything to raise cash for classrooms.

These days, parents are thinking outside the bake-sale box to raise money for schools to save what most people consider basic to California education - music, art, libraries, books, field trips and even paper, pencils and toilet paper.

Read more


published Taking Action in a State of Emergency in MEDIA 2012-03-03 16:11:23 -0800

Taking Action in a State of Emergency

May is turning into a month of action on the part of public education supporters. From parent groups to the University of California system, teachers, administrators, parents, students and advocates will be engaged in a variety of actions to convey to elected officials and the public the seriousness of the financial crisis our schools are facing. Since the effort to get a vote on tax extensions onto a June ballot failed, there has been an eerie period of relative calm, but that is an illusory state, a quiet before the storm.

Schools, along with other critical services, have been left in a financial limbo where they must continue to operate, but must plan for unknown levels of cuts that may come in an unpredictable schedule, with unfamiliar, unacceptable changes to classrooms. Across the state, teachers are facing layoffs, class sizes are being increased, and program offerings are being reduced. Just recently in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), community members at the high school level were fighting to save a long-established music program and third year foreign language classes.

Read more


published Parents rally to protest education cuts in MEDIA 2012-03-03 16:08:31 -0800

Parents rally to protest education cuts

Parents and other supporters of public schools will be gathering around the Bay Area today as part of a statewide campaign against budget cuts to education. The rallies titled "Wake Up California!" are being held in at least 20 places around the state today, including several in the Bay Area.

The protests are organized by http://www.educateourstate.org/ Educate Our State, a grassroots campaign that has developed as state legislators have proposed further cuts to public schools, which have already faced deep cuts in recent years.

Read more


published Wake Up California in MEDIA 2012-03-03 16:04:33 -0800

Wake Up California

So often, lately, we have been scratching our heads and wondering, “Why aren’t parents and community members rioting in the streets?”  The state of public education, and many other important public services is abysmal and instead of wondering – we decided – yes, good idea – lets riot in the streets, lets grab our lattes and our PJ’s and let California know – we want to Educate Our State!

Educate Our State is a parent-led campaign to unite the voices of Californians demanding high quality public education for every child in our state.  And, on May 24th, we plan to do just that – show how loud our parent voices can roar and wake up California.  Wake Up California is a statewide, multi-city event all taking place on the same day.  Here are a few examples of what is taking place to Wake Up California:

Read more


published L.A. school board, union still at odds over budget in MEDIA 2012-03-03 16:03:05 -0800

L.A. school board, union still at odds over budget

The district appeals to the teachers union to take six unpaid days off to help balance the books and save jobs. But parents hold rallies in support of the union, which wants no cuts.

While parents held rallies up and down California on Tuesday to protest school budget cuts, the state's largest school district appealed to its teachers union to agree to take unpaid time off to help the district balance its books and save jobs.

"We're trying to hold the house together," said Los Angeles Board of Education member Richard Vladovic.


published Local schools to join in ‘day of action' rally in MEDIA 2012-03-03 16:00:01 -0800

Local schools to join in ‘day of action' rally

Five area schools are scheduled to take part in a statewide “day of action” in support of public schools beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 24. Educate Our State, a parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting and saving public education, is organizing the statewide rally to demand change and insist that lawmakers fully fund K-12 schools.  The organization is also asking that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax extensions be passed so that no more cuts will come to education, an organization spokesperson said.

Read more


Budget Cuts Rally Concerned Parents, School Officials

 When Lisa Lindsay’s twins were ready to begin school, she thought seriously about putting them into a private school because of the state of the public school system, she said.  Ultimately, Lindsay decided to enroll her children at Longfellow Elementary School, and said she is glad she made the decision to put them in public school.

“I absolutely love the school and the district,” she said. “From the superintendent on down, I see that they are all so committed to making life better for kids.”   Because she supports public schools, she said she felt she had to do something about the critical funding situation the states schools are in. In the Long Beach Unified District alone, nearly $200 million has been slashed from a $700 million budget in three years. Those cuts have resulted in lost teachers, programs and entire schools.

Read more


published "Wake Up California" Rally in MEDIA 2012-03-03 15:31:38 -0800

"Wake Up California" Rally

Parents fed up with years of cuts to public school funding will demand action from lawmakers at a 4:30 p.m. rally. The rally is part a statewide informational campaign by a group called Educate Our State. EOS is a parent-led, nonpartisan group that seeks to unite Californians in support of public education.

Read more


published School Board Considers Cutting 315 More Jobs in MEDIA 2012-03-03 15:26:57 -0800

School Board Considers Cutting 315 More Jobs (video)

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday will consider a proposal to increase the number of layoff notices going to classified staff and may prepare what it calls a 'doomsday budget,' which would tack on an additional $35 million to $50 million in cuts. 

"Schools will not function. Your kids won't get educated and it just won't work," said SDUSD chief of staff Bernie Rhinerson.

 See video


published School Beat: Taking Action in a State of Emergency in MEDIA 2012-03-03 15:23:37 -0800

School Beat: Taking Action in a State of Emergency

May is turning into a month of action on the part of public education supporters. From parent groups to the University of California system, teachers, administrators, parents, students and advocates will be engaged in a variety of actions to convey to elected officials and the public the seriousness of the financial crisis our schools are facing. Since the effort to get a vote on tax extensions onto a June ballot failed, there has been an eerie period of relative calm, but that is an illusory state, a quiet before the storm.

Schools, along with other critical services, have been left in a financial limbo where they must continue to operate, but must plan for unknown levels of cuts that may come in an unpredictable schedule, with unfamiliar, unacceptable changes to classrooms. Across the state, teachers are facing layoffs, class sizes are being increased, and program offerings are being reduced. Just recently in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), community members at the high school level were fighting to save a long-established music program and third year foreign language classes. 

Read more


1  2  Next →
Tim Wayne
75pc
Political Media Consultant on tech issues • Certified NationBuilder Expert & Architect • EFF alumnus • Dog owner