For OCO democracy fellow Samantha Lehman, Prop. 30 is personal to her because her mother is a teacher and she just finished a credentialing program herself.
One of the reasons Samantha made the decision to become an organizer, she said, was because of all the education cuts she has seen take place over the years.
“Prop. 30, if it doesn’t pass, it’s going to put schools in the position where teachers can’t teach what they know works for kids,” Samantha said. “Teachers are going to have to make incredibly challenging decisions about providing resources and support to students.”
She said the cuts could make things very scary for California because in places such as Oakland, everyone knows the cuts won’t affect all schools in the same way.
“Those impacts are going to hit people who don’t have the resources to support their kids outside of school,” she said.
Samantha added that the cuts would also undermine the work the OCO did to create small schools throughout the city so that all children could have a more equitable education.
In addition to the education cuts, Samantha is concerned about the mental health cuts that could be made if Prop. 30 doesn’t pass.
“The idea of cutting resources to the physically and mentally disabled is unconscionable,” she said. “You’re cutting programs for people who literally have no other resources and no other way to support and sustain themselves beyond these programs. Where is our moral compass as a society if we are not supporting these people.”