ACTION PLAN for May 1-10, 2015
***From the OKOC strategic team***
~We need to continue to contact the Appropriation Committee Senators. We have provided some talking points for you to use…
Also, very valuable information on the info-graphic from Nicole Rafferty
“Here is my Data Analysis revised 5/1/15 with specific costs per child for Private and Public schools. This is a conservative estimate based only on the Kindergarten and 7th grade 2014-15 reported Personal Belief Exemptions and the loss of public and private dollars if SB277 became law and parents unwilling to vaccinate move to homeschool or leave California. Hope this is helpful, let me know if you need me to make any assumption changes. Keep in mind this analysis does not include PBEs for all other grade levels: 1-6 & 8-12 because the govt data does not capture it in the data sources.” (See attached picture)
Appropriations Committee Talking Points
- Education is a fundamental right in California. The California Constitution provides for a free public education. If students are forced out of school, will the state compensate parents for educational costs?
- In Serrano v. Priest, 20 Cal.3d 25, 569 P.2d 1303, 141 Cal.Rptr. 315 (1977), the California Supreme Court affirmed that California schoolchildren have a constitutional right to “substantially equal opportunities for learning,” and that making access to education contingent on a parent’s economic situation discriminates against the poor. Poor people are not as easily able to homeschool as their wealthier neighbors. The only way around this is if the state were to compensate parents not only for educational expenses, but also for the lost income that the family will suffer as a result of one parent leaving the workforce.
- In Butt v. State of California, 842 P.2d 1240 (Cal. 1992), the California Supreme Court decided that in order to preserve equal education opportunities, the State itself has broad responsibility to ensure basic educational equality under the California Constitution. This means that for all the families whose children will be expelled from school, yet can’t afford to homeschool, the state will be required to compensate those families so that the children have equal education opportunities.
- If low income families are forced to homeschool, how will thy possibly cover their bills? Will the state offer them compensation so that their kids can have equal access to education as children who are permitted in school?
SB 277 does not specify how the state will pay for this mandate. It is likely that it will be paid for out of tax dollars. Are we as tax payers expected to PAY to have our rights removed?
- If no home school exemption is provided, many parents will choose to move out of state bringing their income tax dollars with them. California schools depend desperately on income tax, and upwards of 200,000 kids moving out of the state with their parents tax revenue is no small matter.
IDEA is a federal law that ensures a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for children with special needs. In order to comply with IDEA, the state of California will be required to not only provide materials for free to these kids, but also to cover funds for specialists such as audiologists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, medical / nursing staff, rehabilitation counselors, and orientation and mobility specialists.
1.) CALL, EMAIL, FAX SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
As you probably know, the bill is heading to the Appropriations committee for review of the fiscal impact that it would have. As far as we know at this time the bill is not scheduled for hearing yet, but needs to be heard before the end of May. So we ALL need to start a letter writing campaign as well as calls, emails and faxes to inform them of the potential financial impact it will have if passed. Please begin to contact the Senators, focusing on your personal stories of how it will affect your family and the choices you will have to make should this pass. When you call, be respectful and simply state your opposition, unless they offer you a chance to share more than that. Please share your ideas below to help form a list of powerful taking points.
CALL Appropriations Committee Senators:
Senator Ricardo Lara (916) 651-4033
Senator Jerry Hill (916) 651-4013
Senator Jim Beall (916) 651-4015
Senator Connie Leyva (916) 651-4020
Senator Tony Mendoza (916) 651-4032
Senator Patricia Bates (916) 651-4036
EMAIL Appropriations Committee Senators:
Email – Under TO: put your email address.
Under “BCC” put the following email list:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
FAX Appropriations Committee Senators:
Senator Ricardo Lara (323)-277-4528
Senator Jerry Hill (916) 651-4913
Senator Jim Beall (916) 651-4915
Senator Connie Leyva (916) 651-4920
Senator Tony Mendoza (916) 651-4932
Senator Patricia Bates (916) 651-4936
TWITTER addresses for Appropriations Committee Senators:
From Ali Mick:
“For those of you who would like to know exactly what has to happen before SB 277 actually can become a law.
The bill will be seen in front of the appropriations committee on the Senate side. There is no open comments available at this hearing, but people can still watch. If it should pass, from there it goes to the entire Senate for a vote. If it passes there (which it will) it moves on to assembly and starts all over.
Any and all three committees on the Assembly side can request amendments and will evaluate the bill in the same manner the Senate has, but hopefully with more discretion and compassion than we saw before the Senate Committee’s.
It must be heard in front of all three committees again, on the assembly side. Health, education and judiciary (full hearing that we can all attend and oppose, so we will need to build out an army and we will need more voices at the hearings opposing). If it passes those three committees, (it will be interesting to see if they stack the co authors from assembly on the committees) then it goes back to appropriations committee on the assembly side, then to the house assembly for a full vote. If it passes all of these, it goes before the governor, who can veto the bill, but not if the house holds 2/3 vote.”