Educators Sullying State Law to Support Proposition 30
Education Code Section 7054 prohibits K-12 and community college officials from spending public funds "for the purpose of urging the support or defeat of any ballot measure or candidate … ."
The state Supreme Court cited that law three years ago in ruling that it was illegal for a teachers union to use school district facilities to distribute political literature.
Throughout California, however, school officials are sullying the intent of the law by using official communications to plug passage of Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's sales and income tax increase.
One of many examples: Deborah Bettencourt, superintendent of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District in suburban Sacramento, sent a letter to parents and district employees warning "if the governor's Proposition 30 doesn't pass in November, we will again be faced with the reduction of the instructional year by up to six additional furlough days, a loss of learning time that will impact current students and their performance … ."
That's a virtual replay of the argument that Brown and his allies are making in their campaign ads and literature.
In the same vein, the California State University system has ...