Campbell (R-Irvine) is a California State Senator representing
the 35th District
in Orange County. He represents the cities of Newport
Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach
and Cypress. He can be reached through his Senate website
and through the website
for his California Senate campaign. [go to Campbell index]
Union vs. The Governor
Building a war chest to battle the administration..
[John Campbell] 3/23/05
it was released that the California Teachers' Association (CTA)
will vote next month to increase
their dues by $180 per
teacher over 3 years. (source: Sacramento Bee weblog by Dan Weintraub,
3/18/05) This will raise an additional $54 million which they
would specifically target to oppose the Governor's education
proposals. They will borrow against this stream of revenue to
be able to spend much of the money this year. The vote will be
made by an 800-member union council which has to ability to compel
350,000 teachers around the state to pay the dues, whether they
want to or not. Teachers’ dues are currently $533 per teacher,
You may have seen that there have been a lot of protesters at
every event which Arnold has attended in the last few weeks.
This is all very reminiscent of similar protests against then-Governor
Ronald Reagan in the 1960's as he, too, fought forces that would
socialize our economy and our nation. These protesters are placed
there entirely by the various unions who oppose the Governor's
proposals. One of the advantages the unions have is that they
can pay people to be protesters at these locations. On the Governor's
side however, there is no organized paid workforce for parents
who want better schools for their kids or for people who oppose
even higher taxes.
So, we need you. A lot of people ask me, "John, is there
anything I can do to help you and Arnold with the things you're
trying to do?" The answer is yes. I have attached materials
consisting of an outline of the Governor's legislative education
agenda and some materials which will help get the message out
that real people and parents want to see change in our system
and are not happy with the status quo.
I'm sure you've seen the multi-million dollar ads on TV. I'm
sure you've heard about the protests. Now, common-sense reform
may be up against another $54 million worth of propaganda, now
that CTA wants to raise teacher dues. But the majority of people
are with us. Thanks for your help in getting the word out. CRO
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON EDUCATION
Schwarzenegger’s Plan for Our Schools You
can rarely read the newspaper or turn on the radio these days
without hearing the California Teachers Association’s “big
bosses” falsely attacking the Governor in an attempt to
mislead the public about education dollars.
- Don’t be fooled. This fight is not about money.
The truth is, since 1988 public schools have been guaranteed
40% of California’s budget. However, student achievement
has not improved, and – despite the wonderful efforts of
our teachers, administrators and school board members – California
continues to remain at the bottom of national rankings. Our system
is broken – it shortchanges educators, parents, students
- The truth
is, Governor Schwarzenegger has the courage to challenge
the status quo. He is increasing
investment in public education by almost $3 billion and focusing
on improving our public schools. He is standing up for local
educators who on a daily basis put our children’s interests
ahead of special interest politics.
- We need
YOUR help to build a strong coalition to support this Governor’s
- STANDING TOGETHER, we will make a difference and
help public schools deliver the finest academic programs in
- The FACTS are:
Schwarzenegger’s proposal actually INCREASES
state general fund public education spending nearly $3 BILLION.
This is the largest increase for any program in California’s
budget and comes at a time when the state is facing a multi-billion
budget deficit. This means that even in hard budget times, the
Governor is ensuring that our schools – and our kids – receive
what they need.
o Spending per pupil will actually INCREASE next year by $362,
to a total of $10,084 per pupil. (This is the first time in history
that the per-pupil amount has exceeded $10,000 from all fund
o The issue is not about a lack of funding, but rather how that
money is spent on our students and in the classroom.
o The Governor’s
proposal actually goes one step further, protecting future
education funding by
from borrowing from K-12 schools as well as from dedicated
special funds. This will ensure that proposition 98 is upheld
- The Governor’s
education proposal also proposes:
o Rewarding and retaining good teachers
In most other professions,
the best and brightest are rewarded for their efforts.
Unfortunately, our teachers are not. This
means that the best and the worst teachers are receiving
the same pay. This is unfair to dedicated teachers who go above
and beyond for their students. The new plan would link
to performance reviews and student achievement, to ensure
that our good teachers are valued and our children receive
o Spending money wisely and allowing parents & taxpayers
to see where the money goes
There is actually a state law prohibiting
school districts from saving money and reinvesting the savings
back into classrooms.
The Governor is also committed to removing the restrictions
allowing schools to save money by using a competitive bidding
process for non-classroom services like maintenance and transportation.
This kind of fiscal accountability will help ensure schools
districts spend their money wisely, efficiently, and where
is needed most.
parents, school board members and taxpayers deserve to know
that education dollars are being
spent well. Under
the Governor’s plan, school budgets would be publicly
available instead of being hidden under a cloak of secrecy.
The bottom line is that no one knows better where funds are needed
than the schools themselves, despite all of the lip service
from special interests. The Governor wants to shine the light
on the true budget problems by facing our state, and the only
way to do that is to reveal the numbers behind all of the rhetoric.
o Allowing more school choice
proposal would allow the expansion of the number of charter
in order to promote innovation
greater flexibility in teaching. No parent should be forced
to keep their child in an underperforming school. Competition
better performance in every industry, and our schools are
THE BOTTOM LINE:
fight is not about money. Don’t believe the “fuzzy
math” that the CTA is selling. Our system is broken and
it needs repair so that our teachers, administrators and school
board members can get back to the business of educating our
- The Governor
has the courage to stand up for our children, despite nasty
attacks from California’s
largest special interest group (the CTA).
- We MUST break the stranglehold that the CTA has over
our local school boards, administrators, parents and students,
so that our high-quality teachers, principals, and superintendents
can be empowered to succeed.
- We must
remember that the groundbreaking reforms the Governor has
proposed will ultimately STRENGTHEN
- The Governor
cannot fight this fight alone. There is strength in numbers.
If we stand together, we can
win --- for
the sake of our children and their futures. ALL of California’s
children deserve the best education system we can provide them.
To join our
statewide coalition for education reform, put students first
and fight the special interests
with us, support the following
bills which are part of Governor Schwarzenegger’s education
package: SCAX1 1 ((Runner), SB 844 (Poochigian), SB 337 (Maldonado),
ABX1 1 (McCarthy, Benoit) and ACAX1 2 (Daucher).
Coalition for Reform
Yes, I’ll Help!
____I / We PUBLICLY SUPPORT Governor Schwarzenegger’s Effort to Reform
California. Please add me to the list of coalition members who support the
Governor’s historic legislative efforts to fix California. 2005 will
be the year of reform, and I support Governor Schwarzenegger’s ambitious
legislative agenda to improve the way government conducts business.
Please select a category:
Please indicate if you are a:
- ___ School board member
- ___ Teacher
- ___ Superintendent
- ___ Principal
- ___ Other, Please specify:
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I can help in the following ways:
- ___ Distribute materials
- ___ Volunteer/speak at local events
- ___ Write a letter-to-the-editor
- ___ Place a newsletter article
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Please return this form to:
Senator John Campbell
950 South Coast Drive, Suite 240
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
FAX: (714) 957-4560