California public school funding was cut to the bone during the recession, forcing more than 30,000 teacher layoffs, huge class sizes, and the elimination of programs like music and art that make our kids well-rounded. California is facing a severe teacher shortage. There is a need to hire more than 22,000 teachers next year alone, and there is still a need to hire education support professionals like library aides, bus drivers and custodians. Proposition 55 does not raise taxes on anyone, the wealthiest Californians will temporarily continue paying the same amount they are now. Prop. 55 only affects the wealthiest Californians, ensuring they continue to pay their share of taxes so that funding for education and other vital services is not cut – this is not a tax increase. Budget forecasts show that unless we maintain the taxes on the wealthy, our public schools will lose nearly $4 billion and our state budget will face a deficit of more than $4 billion in the first full year alone. Here locally, LBUSD could lose up to $40,000,000.00 for the 2017-18 school year.