Real Stories from Educators, Parents and Others Drive Home Critical Need for Prop 55

“Stories Hub” Launched Offering Real Life Examples of Why Schools and Students Can’t Afford to Go Back to the Days of Cuts

With three weeks to go before Election Day and voters already casting ballots, the Yes on Proposition 55 campaign today launched a new “Stories Hub” on its website featuring dozens of real stories from Proposition 55 supporters. The stories come from those who know firsthand how Prop 55 will help our kids thrive and why a yes vote this November is so critical. The stories recall the pain of deep cuts, highlight the progress being made in our schools, and remind us what Prop 55 is really all about – our children. 

The campaign is also inviting Californians to share their own stories and reasons for supporting Prop 55 with California voters. Californians who want to share their reason for supporting Prop 55 can submit their story online or through social media using #MyStoryProp55.

“These powerful, personal experiences demonstrate just how critical Prop 55 is to prevent returning to the days of deep cuts to our schools, and why it is so important voters take a moment to vote yes on Prop 55 this election,” said Jennifer Wonnacott, campaign spokesperson.

In addition to the stories shared with the campaign, the online publication Capital & Main recently produced a series of stories called “California Comeback” examining the devastating cuts made during the recession and how 2012’s Prop 30 played a critical role restoring services and rebuilding our public education system. The series features a number of personal stories from teachers, schools employees, and others describing their personal experiences and the impacts on their students.

 

Prop 55, the California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016, maintains the current income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians for 12 more years – singles earning more than $250,000 and couples earning more than $500,000 a year. Prop 55 directs funds specifically to K-12 public education and community colleges, while also allocating funds to health care for low-income children and their families. The proposition contains strict accountability and transparency requirements.

Prop 55 is supported by more than 300 elected leaders, education advocates, community groups, business leaders, and labor organizations. The full endorsement list can be viewed here.