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Mission Schools Paint Bleak Funding Picture Without Prop. 30
On the first day of school, fewer students than projected showed up at Buena Vista Horace Mann, which means principal Jennifer Steiner has to cut $40,000 from her budget in the next week. That means no field trips that cost money unless students raise the funds, and fewer teachers can seek continuing education and training opportunities. It means that a second-grade teacher may have to buy the lima beans needed to teach students about the plant’s life cycle. Third-grade students may have to read about a caterpillar turning into a butterfly in a textbook rather than witness it in real life. “I would love it if schools could provide money for this,” Steiner said. Education budgets are already tight. It’s hard for teachers and administrators to imagine how schools will operate if voters in November fail to pass Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax increase to fund California’s education system. If the proposition does fail, principals like ...