Winter Congress 2014: A Plank to Reform Education Funding
Whereas, California is the country’s fourth-largest oil producing state, after Texas, North Dakota and Alaska, Whereas California is the only major oil drilling state that does not charge an oil extraction tax,
Whereas Alaska currently charges 25-50%, North Dakota 11.5%, and Texas charges 7.5% in extraction tax on oil companies,
Whereas California ranks 49th on cost-adjusted per-pupil spending per state,
Therefore, the Northern California Junior State supports the implementation of a 2%-12% sliding scale extraction tax on oil and natural
gas in order to provide up to $1 billion in revenue, which will go to public education within California and small businesses to help them convert to more efficient sources of energy.
Fall State 2013 Planks:
1. A Plank to Support Federal Anti-Bullying Legislation
Joy Park, Van Nuys High School
Whereas current law varies in definitions of and protections from bullying,
Whereas cyber-bullying is an increasingly pervading problem in modern day schools,
Whereas according to a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Education, only a few states follow best practices shown to be effective in reducing bullying.
Whereas many teachers know little about the most effective forms of bullying recognition and intervention,
Therefore, the Northern California Junior State supports efforts to empower schools, school administrators and teachers to prevent bullying and the harassment of students.
2. A Plank to Reform Teacher Tenure
Courtney Brousseau, Newbury Park High School
Whereas public school teachers in California can be granted permanent status after two years of teaching.
Whereas a University of Washington study found that just two years of teaching does not predict post-permanent status performance.
Therefore, the Northern California Junior State supports increasing to 5 years the amount of time new teachers must be on the job before achieving permanent status.
Whereas teacher evaluations are currently not comprehensive or frequent enough.
Therefore, the Northern California Junior State supports more comprehensive and frequent teacher evaluations that can include student evaluations in middle school and high school.
Whereas the process of firing a teacher with status is far too expensive and long.
Whereas Los Angeles Unified School District spent $3,500,000 and five years per teacher in an attempt to fire seven teachers (and only succeeded in firing four).
Therefore, the Northern California Junior State supports more efficient methods of firing public school teachers.