Obviously, I am pleased with the national election outcome. There was some worry over the closeness of the race, and if we’d even know who would be the new President before the end of the month. I’m relieved it didn’t turn into another Bush/Gore debacle.
Late last night, our state election was still up in the air. But with less than half the counties reporting, Prop 30 was not looking so good. I went to bed, half heartedly holding my breath. What a sigh of relief to wake up to a tide that has turned. With most precincts reporting, Prop. 30 seems to have passed.
Even though I was hopeful, with the current climate towards education and teachers and taxes, I knew it would be a fight. A lot of the anti-30 campaign ads continued to spout that rhetoric.
With the narrow support of the proposition, schools (according to Governor Brown) will not be touched anymore when additional severe cuts are made to balance the budget. Schools were concerned as they’ve already been hit so very hard, running on bare minimums. Furlough days, over 5 for some, up to 30 for others and massive teacher layoffs were predicted .
Right now, teachers, principals, superintendents are all breathing a little bit easier. The education budget hasn’t gotten any better, but at least with prop 30 passing it shouldn’t get any worse.
Let’s just hope we can take Gov. Brown at his word.