Board member engagement critical for four CSBA-supported measures

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Board member engagement critical for four CSBA-supported measures

Education funding, facilities bond, tobacco tax and language education measures all coming before California voters

What can board members do?

With less than two weeks until Election Day, CSBA is encouraging a strong final push from board members to bolster local voter support for Propositions 51, 55, 56 and 58.

Sharing a message on social media on a different measure each day between now and Nov. 8 will significantly help these important education measures stand out on a crowded ballot.

Below are talking points, sample tweets and sharable images for each proposition along with an update on each measure’s chances to pass.

PROPOSITION 51 - $9 billion school facilities bond

How’s it doing?

Of the four CSBA-supported measures, Proposition 51 figures to be the tightest race. Current polling numbers indicate that this outcome will be very close, making every vote critical.
 

What can I do?
  1. Communicate your district’s facilities needs to local media and to members of your community — especially if you have a bond on the November ballot or older bonds available that depend on Prop 51 for matching money.
  2. Tweet your support. Get sample tweets here.
  3. Share the above image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

PROPOSITION 55 – Billions in funding for education and healthcare

How’s it doing?

Proposition 55 is polling strong at above 50 percent, but like the facilities bond, the outcome is far from certain, especially in such a unique election cycle where voter turnout is difficult to predict.
 

What can I do?
  1. Sixty-one percent of California adults believe current school funding levels are “not enough.” Local voters need to know that local school funding needs depend on the continuation of this important revenue source, which provides as much as $600 per student.
  2. Tweet your support. Get sample tweets here.
  3. Share the above image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

PROPOSITION 56 – Excise tax on tobacco products to fund education and prevention programs

How’s it doing?

Proposition 56 is favored to pass – however, the “No on 56” camp, funded by large tobacco, continues to bombard radio and TV with ads leading up to the election. Since these ads have incredulously introduced a “money for schools” angle, there is some voter confusion between Props 56 and 55.
 

What can I do?
  1. Communicate two key messages on Proposition 56 (and by proxy, Proposition 55):
    • Proposition 56 does in fact raise money for tobacco prevention and education programs in schools, $20-$30 million annually, and;
    • Proposition 56 does increase the Proposition 98 funding guarantee by tens of millions of dollars annually.
  2. Tweet your support. Get sample tweets here.
  3. Share the above image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

PROPOSITION 58 – Language education for all California students

How’s it doing?

Most indications are that Proposition 58 will pass.
 

What can I do?
  1. Inform voters that Proposition 58 enables local schools to use the most up-to-date teaching methods possible to help students learn English and other languages.
  2. Tweet your support. Get sample tweets here.
  3. Share the above image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For additional resources, visit the CSBA website.

 
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