Questions and Answers
The following questions from the audience have been forwarded to the
candidates on Sep 19. Closely related questions were combined to shorten the
task. Off-topic questions were deleted as were several questions
that were addressed to a single candidate and were not easily
re-worded to apply to all candidates.
The responses from the candidates are shown below each question.
How do you feel about the state level of education funding per
pupil? If you are not satisfied, what spending priorities or
reallocations would you support to move California up from 48th
in per pupil spending? What sources of information do you use to
justify that view?
Without increasing taxes / funding how would you restructure
spending priorities to get more benefit into the classrooms ?
Will you support equalizing the level of State support of Basic
Aid and Revenue Limited school districts? In which direction?
What kind of sympathy do you think the rest of the State Assembly
has for the unique problems of funding we have in the Bay Area,
including our high cost of living and the disproportionately high
number of Basic Aid districts?
How do you think the Legislature can provide equal funding of
schools throughout CA, correcting Prop 13 funding inequities?
Please comment on the Republican effort to equalize school
funding during the recent budget cycle. Where would you have
Would you support cutting State paperwork requirements to save
local district administrative costs?
Could you ever see an overhaul as radical as funding education by
means of income taxes rather than property taxes? A well educated
public benefits ALL - not just parents or just property owners.
What do you say to childless individuals who do not believe they
should support public schools?
Would you support exempting school districts from sales tax, as
all states except CA, AZ and WA do?
Would you support returning excused absences for funding with ADA
as was done in the past, or funding based on enrollment rather
What measures do you feel should be used to measure teaching
improvement? What incentives and rewards should the State use to
help improve student learning?
What ideas do you have to help protect education from
skyrocketing health care costs? Along the same lines- What ideas
do you have to help protect education from energy cost spikes and
How would you propose to get input from those in the education
community in your district; teachers, administrators, board
members, parents and students?
Do you feel that Federal categorical funding grants, such as for
special ed, should be spent only for the purposes intended?
What is your educational background? And have you written any
publications, articles, your own works, etc.? If so, please
supply titles, publishers and where they can be obtained.
Dennis Paull for more info
Last Edit September 19, 2002