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U.S. voters approve initiatives to support teachers, schools.

The recent general election brought about victories for many U.S. citizens, including students and teachers. Several states, including California and Louisiana, had ballot initiatives regarding public education and the passage of these initiatives promise to provide better funding and resources to school districts in need of some restructuring.

Louisiana

St. Helena Parish voters passed two initiatives in the 2012 election that have repeatedly been voted against in the past, reported wafb.com. The two items are a bond and a millage increase. Once in effect, the bond will grant parish teachers an approximately $6,000 pay raise; the millage increase will funnel additional taxpayer funds into much-needed school construction, renovation and improved resources.

School officials say these changes are necessary and have been sought for years in order to continue the district's already impressive reputation for academic growth. "We will not let the community down," said Superintendent Dr. Kelli Joseph. "Our children will grow, and we will become the best district in the state of Louisiana!"

California

Those in support of Proposition 30 rejoiced Wednesday after learning of the initiative's victory in the election, according to the Los Angeles Times. Prop 30 addresses many financially-centered issues that can impede the success of California students from the elementary to college level. Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials were pleased that the passage of Prop 30 was expected to "restore 10 days of pay that teachers had surrendered--as well as a full 180-day school year for students," reported the Times. Previous budget cuts had gotten the country's second-largest K-12 school district into a bit of trouble on these fronts.

Sources: wafb.com, 11/6/12; The Los Angeles Times, 11/7/12

Prop 30

To learn more about the specifics of Proposition 30 and how its passage will be affecting California students and teachers, visit http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/30/.

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