How many times have you sat around the table discussing a family, social or political problem and hear the words, “Someone needs to do something!”
We are. Keep reading.
Your children and their school may have been adversely impacted by the new state budget. As schools were preparing to re-open next fall faced with significant funding cuts, they received an additional unforeseen blow.
In the 2020-21 state budget approved at the end of June, there was a provision in SB98 capping funding for growing schools at prior-year funding levels. Public schools, both district and charter, that are drawing new students and growing because of their successful programs, will not be paid by the State to support the additional enrollment of those children. Schools that are losing students and experiencing declining enrollment will be protected. They will be paid the same amount even though they are serving fewer students. The California Constitution provides the right for a child to a free public education. The funding cap in the 2020-21 budget denies children that right by refusing to fund their new public school.
Many growing schools have waitlists of children seeking to enroll. As these public schools have grown, they have planned expansions, added to their campuses, built new facilities, and hired new staff to serve new students; your children. Curriculum, books, supplies, and furniture have been ordered in preparation, only to be told in the last minute, just weeks before returning in the fall, that none of that Constitutionally - protected growth would be funded. The cap of funding for ALL growing schools could also force school closures where schools have borrowed money to serve the additional students. For schools that can open, it could severely impact the quality of the educational programming delivered to your child.
This budget deal was crafted behind closed doors, and schools, parents, students, teachers, and many legislators were not given the opportunity to weigh-in. Once this deal was made public, many worked to correct this punitive proposal. Unfortunately, even being aware of this negative impact it passed the legislature and was signed by the Governor.
The California legislature has returned to session. We believe they may be crafting a narrow solution of picking an arbitrary date of June 30th instead of February 29th for funding children. They call it “planned growth”. Meaning any scholars enrolled after June 30th will NOT be funded. That is NOT constitutional nor equitable. Constitutionally the money MUST follow the child whenever and wherever they change their schools regardless of the date of change. We are seeing the same legislative leadership that introduced this terrible bill still not fixing this situation of funding for ALL children! Schools, however, are set to start school in mid-August leaving this injury looming over children and educators with no guarantee of a solution.
“Someone needs to do something!”
WE HAVE FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE STATE TO ELIMINATE THIS FUNDING CAP TO REMEDY THIS VIOLATION OF THE CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION AND ARE ASKING FOR IMMEDIATE JUDICIAL RELIEF BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS.
We are asking for immediate judicial relief before school begins.
Because of the widespread impacts of this funding cap, we are being joined several other schools and families in this lawsuit. We are standing up for your children and ours. We need everyone’s support in this battle. As a school impacted by the budget cuts and this funding cap, we need your help and loyalty to not only wage this battle but to WIN it. We have created this GoFundMe so you can play a role in defending your child’s constitutional right to a free education. By stepping forward, we are empowering you with a voice and restoring your liberty to choose the school of your choice no matter where you live.
Support us in defending your children, your tax dollars, and your freedom of school choice. This is a freedom issue. We are in this together.
As we ponder the challenges faced today by those of us who advocate for freedom in education, we are reminded of how the founding of this great nation was wrought with adversity.
Ronald Reagan said,
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Please donate now to help light the torch so that freedom can be handed to future generations to do the same. We are doing something. Here is your chance to do something too.
For more details about the pending litigation please visit our website: http://roseville.johnadamsacademy.org/fundeverychild/
10/20/20 Legal Alert
Thank you for your support.