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Proposition 51: Opposition on ” first come, first serve clause2 min read

October 26, 2016

As California gets ready to vote on a proposition which could add $9 billion in debt to fund schools, according to the Ballotpedia report on Proposition 51, opponents are calling for a no vote and advocating instead for a fairer system of allocation for the sum in question.
While nobody questions the intentions of the bill, the reality of its implementation is troubling to some.The measure would, theoretically,fund the needed repairs and any new construction for California schools, community colleges, state colleges and universities.
But questions are being raised as to why the Foothill-De Anza board would endorse a system described by critics as first come first serve, and unfair towards schools not wealthy enough to hire
private consultants.
“As a matter of principle The Foothill-De Anza board would never support something knowing that it would disadvantage another district,” said college President Brian Murphy.
According to Ballotpedia, this education proposition is the first to have been citizen-initiated and not legislatively referred. Since 1914, out of the 42 education related bond measures to have made it to ballot, this one is the
first of its kind.
While both the Democratic and Republican party of California are on record as supporting the measure, Governor Jerry Brown opposes it. Brown described the effort to pass the bill as one which “promotes sprawl and squanders money that would be far better spent in low-income communities”.
One proposed solution to the issue of equitable distribution would be to circumvent state bonds and attempt and pass local bonds, which have a high success rate of passing and are better allocated.
“That’s never an either or,” said Murphy on why the board would choose a state bond over local bonds.
The other option would be to go through with a similar bond measure but to restructure the system of distribution in a manner not based what critics are calling a broken system.

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