Vote yes on Prop. 47 to help local students |

Vote yes on Prop. 47 to help local students

California schools are in abysmal condition. As voters we have the opportunity to do something about it.

On the Nov. 5 ballot is a $13.05 billion bond proposal. The money would go toward new construction and modernization of existing California schools. We are in full support of Proposition 47 because it will help schools in South Lake Tahoe without hurting taxpayers.

Those who oppose the proposition say the state cannot afford the burden if there were to be a budget crisis. We weathered the latest budget crisis and we will survive future ones.

The bottom line is that our children must come first.

The state will likely pay back the bond with interest in 30 years by using 1 percent of the operating budget. This brings the total cost to $26 billion.

We know this figure is huge — but so is the problem. Studies have proven that children do no learn as well in dilapidated buildings as they do in modernized ones. The insides and outsides of many schools are an embarrassment to everyone. Some schools in the state are a half-century-old and have never had work done on them since being built. One educator has compared the difference in quality of buildings to the choice of providing a child with a blanket to sleep on the floor or a giving a child a down comforter to sleep on a big bed.

As voters, we have the power to provide that big bed and down comforter.

If Proposition 47 passes by the simple majority that it needs, Lake Tahoe Unified School District will be given $10 million. The money will go toward modernization projects at Meyers and Sierra House elementary schools. South Tahoe middle and high schools will also benefit. Money is also projected for improvements and expansion to the school bus and warehouse building.

Lake Tahoe Community College is the other local beneficiary of the state proposition. With the $9 million the college would receive, it would spend it on a library and art building. The nearly 25,000-square-foot library would replace the current library above the commons area that often is unsuitable to be used as a quiet study and research area.

Statewide, experts predict 46,000 classrooms need to be built in the upcoming years to ease overcrowding and provide room for new students.

Proposition 47 deserves a yes vote.

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