Questions from the Public
- a brief introduction by moderator John Moseley, El Granada PTA.
- opening statements by each candidate (2 minutes each).
- 6 or 7 questions read by Mr. Moseley.
- if time permits, we will ask questions submitted by the audience.
- closing statements by candidates (3 minutes each)
As a fraction of personal income, California ranks 45th among states
in its funding of public education. Do you believe that we fund
education adequately? If not, how would you address the problem
in the Assembly?
If elected, what education related legislation will you sponsor?
The Legislative Analyst has proposed consolidating 51 categorical
funding programs into 5 block grants, dramatically reducing the
administrative burden on local districts. Do you favor this change?
Would you sponsor its implementing legislation?
There is a significant funding disparity among districts in the 19th AD.
This is a result of many factors including state funding formulas,
parcel taxes and voluntary contributions. Is this a problem that
you would address and, if so, how?
For various reasons, some state mandated programs are under funded
or suspended, creating budgetary crises for local districts. Do
you see this as a serious problem and if so, what will you do to
help alleviate it?
To allow districts to engage in responsible long range planning,
predictable sources of income are required. For example, our local
district is facing a $1.5 Million budgetary shortfall this year,
and last year our budget was cut mid-year by $600,000. What would
you propose to enhance multi-year funding predictability?
Currently, local districts may only use a parcel tax as a means to
raise additional local funding. But this may contribute to a
disparity among districts and is a regressive tax. Would you support
lowering the parcel tax threshold, perhaps to 55%, the threshold for
school bonds? Would you propose any other local funding mechanism?
Contact: Dennis Paull for more info
Last Edit September 7, 2002