While some minor changes may be made to the final language, here is Marions United's proposed one mill referendum. The proposal, if passed by voters this November, would help meet class size standards, put certified teachers and assistants back into the classroom, and restore essential programs. The Marion County School board will vote on this proposal at their Tuesday, January 14th meeting:
As the Star-Banner reported Friday, Marions United commissioned a poll earlier this month to gauge our community's views on a potential school funding referendum. The results were positive.
Make no mistake, the Marion County School Board has some tough decisions to make this year (and probably next year, too). They have no choice but to cut, furlough, and substitute their way to a balanced budget. Why is this? The immediate reasons are (1) "new" funds from Tallahassee are specifically categorized for teacher raises and can't be used for anything else and (2) a half mill referendum that could have pumped an estimated $7 million into our schools was narrowly defeated last August. After six years of cuts to reading coaches, art and music programs, and more, further cuts will continue to directly damage the education our children receive.
It's clear to anyone paying attention that a boost in community investment towards our students and our teachers is going to be needed at the earliest and most practical opportunity. We believe it's critical for the school board to get serious about a long term solution that does exactly that. Sign our petition to the school board today.
Below the fold, check out the email we sent out to our supporters today: