The growing Occupy Wall Street movement has shown that there is another alternative. Corporate profits and taxes on the super-rich, including those who sit on our schools and universities’ boards, could pay for refunding public education. This is why organizations representing millions of students and educators around the state have joined together in calling for a week of action from November 9th through 16th to ReFund Public Education, and are calling upon the UC Regents, the CSU Trustees and other political and corporate leaders to sign the Refund California Pledge.
The Re-Fund California Pledge
To the people of California,
As an education leader, I pledge to do everything in my power to make Wall Street corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share for essential services and affordable, equitable public education from pre-K through post doctoral. I pledge to support:
- Increasing income taxes on California's wealthiest.
- Closing Proposition 13’s corporate property tax loophole.
- Implementing a federal sales tax on Wall Street financial transactions.
- Reducing underwater mortgage debt to Wall Street to improve the economy.
- Reversing tuition increases, layoffs, and cuts to public education and essential services – ensuring good jobs that provide healthcare and a dignified retirement.