PIEDMONT -- The Piedmont chapter of the League of Women Voters will host a forum Wednesday to inform the public about how Proposition 30 could affect the future of state education.
The free event will feature presentations by Damon Smith, associate superintendent of the Alameda County Office of Education, as well as Piedmont Unified School District Superintendent Constance Hubbard, both of whom will address the current financial state of California public education and how Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax initiative could prevent severe midyear cuts.
"We want to make sure the public is aware of the huge amount of cuts that education has already suffered and the effects the state budget system has had on school districts around the state," said Smith, who will speak about the pros and cons of the tax initiative and how it originated.
Proposition 30 resulted from the merging of two previously competing initiatives -- the Millionaire's Tax and Gov. Brown's First Tax Increase Proposal. It consists of provisions that could generate about $6.8 billion in 2012-13, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office.
The initiative would increase California's sales tax to 7.5 percent and create three new tax brackets for residents with taxable incomes exceeding $250,000, $300,000 and $500,000.
Should Proposition 30 fail, the $6 billion trigger cut translates to roughly $450 less spent per child, Smith said.
Hubbard and Smith will also
According to Hubbard, the forum's focus will stress the need to fund education rather than promoting a certain initiative.
"One of them needs to pass," Hubbard said. "It doesn't have to be one or the other."
The forum will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Ellen Driscoll Theater at 325 Highland Ave.
If you go
WHAT: Piedmont League of Women Voters forum on Proposition 30
WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Ellen Driscoll Theatre at 325 Highland Ave.
INFORMATION: Go to http://www.lwvpiedmont.org/