Governor initiative plan is shortsighted, will harm children, workers in the long run, says Green Party of California
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Kevin McKeown, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-393-3639,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO, Ca. (March 2, 2005) – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is promoting
hurtful statewide initiatives that will ultimately harm working men and
women in California to the benefit of corporate special interests,
according to a statement released by the Green Party of California Wednesday.
The governor announced Tuesday he would set a special election late in 2005
to overhaul pensions, teacher pay and the way in which political districts
"The governor doesn't seem to care about everyday Californians, those who
have planned retirement with their earned pensions and teachers who are
among the hardest working people in the state," said Victor Gonzalez, a
Green Party candidate for the Pasadena Unified School District School Board.
Gonzalez said Schwarzenegger's plan to privatize the state's public
employees $300 billion pension funds is ill-advised, and the initiative to
do away with seniority for teachers, and instead reward them "merit" pay
will just hurt education even more.
"Education in this state is in crisis. Teaching for a test score, and not
to educate, goes against everything good teachers believe. This so-called
merit system is a recipe for failure that will hurt our children and our
state," added Gonzalez.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437