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About ocprandemedia

Editor of the the New Santa Ana Blog, the New Anaheim Blog, the New Fullerton Blog, the Irvine News Blog and the OC Politics Blog . Owner of OC PR & eMedia Relations.

A new State Senate study shows that the SAUSD is heading for bankruptcy

CA State Sen. John Moorlach today released his latest fiscal report, “Financial Soundness Rankings for California’s Public School Districts, Colleges & Universities.”

Some key findings from the new education report:

  • About two-thirds of California’s 944 public school districts run negative balance sheets.
  • These statements show the most distressed districts could soon reach a tipping point into insolvency and receivership.
  • Of the state’s large school districts, those in severe distress include Los Angeles Unified School District, with a negative $10.9 billion balance sheet; San Diego Unified at negative $1.5 billion; Fresno Unified at negative $849 million; and Santa Ana Unified at negative $485 million, the worst in Orange County.

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SAUSD students lost more ground in English and math proficiency this year

California students did slightly better in English and math on this year’s California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress state test than they did last year, according to the O.C. Register.

The news is much worse here in Santa Ana. Currently 61.83 % of SAUSD students are not proficient in math at their grade level, according to the CA Dept. of Education. Last year 60.36 % of SAUSD students were not proficient in math at their grade level, according to the CA Dept. of EducationContinue reading

Help to support Santa Ana’s anti-tax candidates this Saturday

The City of Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Unified School District are both trying to raise our taxes this November. Let’s get together and walk precincts for the local candidates opposed to tax increases and talk to residents about voting no on Measures X and I, this Saturday, at 9 a.m.

This is your chance to help our local anti-tax candidates including Art Pedroza and Angie Cano, who are running for the SAUSD School Board; Ceci Iglesias and Mike Gonzales, who are running for the City Council; George Reis, who is running for the Garden Grove School Board; and Autumn Browne who is running for the 69th Assembly District. Continue reading

Why are SAUSD school bathrooms and kitchens such cochineros?

All of my four kids attended Santa Ana schools, from kindergarten, including three high school grads. Each of them was thoroughly disgusted by the condition of the bathrooms at Santa Ana schools.

Common complaints about SAUSD school bathrooms include: Continue reading

Palacio and Amezcua are betting that Santa Ana’s taxpayers want to pay higher taxes

In 2018, Americans will pay $3.4 trillion in federal taxes and $1.8 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of $5.2 trillion, or 30 percent of the nation’s income. Americans will collectively spend more on taxes in 2018 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined. Tax Freedom Day, which is the date that represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden, fell this year on April 19, 2018. What this means is we spent 109 days this year working to pay the government, at all levels.

The situation in California is even worse! California’s top tier income tax rate is the highest in the nation at 13.3 percent, according to the Tax Foundation and the California Taxpayers Association. Per capita, Californians pay $1,991 annually in state income taxes, which ranks fourth highest in the country, according to the Tax Foundation. Continue reading

Charter schools are public schools!

Only 41 percent of voters even know that charter schools are in fact public schools. In fact the other day I heard a radio ad that was paid for by the California Teacher’s union where they called charter schools “corporate schools.” They can call them whatever they want but charter schools are indeed public schools.

Traditional public schools are tied to school districts and set their curriculums based on state education standards, according to Niche.com. Continue reading

The SAUSD is spending taxpayer money to promote their latest tax increase

It is bad enough that the SAUSD School Board, led by Trustees John Palacio and Valerie Amezcua, is trying to raise our taxes again – for the third time in Palacio’s tenure. But today the SAUSD sent a mailer to every resident in the district touting their latest tax raising scheme, Measure I. Imagine what this cost?

It is of course thoroughly unethical for the SAUSD to spend taxpayer money to promote a tax raising bond measure!  Continue reading