EDUCATION

Butte County Democrats believe in a universally well-educated population because democracy requires and depends on a well-informed citizenry. Butte County students must have access to world-class public education—preschool through college—that prepares them to live, work and thrive in a multicultural, multilingual, and highly connected world. We must prepare our youth for post secondary education, career and technical education, and active citizenship in the 21st century. We must keep all students safe as we educate them.

The Butte County Democratic Party…

  • Recognizes the importance of education and values the contributions of those who work in one of Butte County’s largest employment sectors.
     

  • Believes all 4-year old children in California should have access to a high-quality preschool as an

integral part of the public education system.

 

  • Advocates for supplemental services for children such as high-quality, affordable childcare;

preschool and early development centers; and community-based afterschool programs. 

 

  • Opposes school vouchers for nonpublic education.

 

  • Supports measures that ensure the safety of students and staff in classrooms through

implementation of common-sense gun and public health laws, but not by arming teachers, staff, or administrators (i.e., we do not support guns on campus).

 

  • Treats California schools, colleges, and universities as sanctuaries for all students regardless of

immigration status or documentation.

 

  • Supports the implementation of a fair and equitable affirmative action policy in admissions

processes at California’s public universities and colleges.

 

  • Advocates for full funding of public education to correct years of insufficient allocations and

      equitable distribution of funds to school districts most in need.

 

  • Calls for federal and state governments to fully fund special education.

 

  • Calls for the return to tuition-free public college and university systems for all Californians funded through progressive taxation.

 

  • Prioritizes and calls for higher education to correct years of underfunding, some $1 billion each for UC and CSU, in order to ensure a place for all qualified in-state students.

  • Supports school systems that provide educators and classified staff with wages commensurate to their expertise and responsibility and with ample opportunities for professional growth.

  • Emphasizes sound science, public health considerations and guidance from the Butte County

Health Department for vaccination requirements and other special health measures in response

to community infectious disease for the safety of teachers, students, staff, and their families.