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Proposition 55

The Children's Education and Health Care Protection Act

Proposition 55 will maintain the current tax rates on the wealthiest Californians to prevent billions of dollars in funding cuts for public education and other vital services. Strict accountability requires funds to be spent in the classroom. Proposition 55 will:
• Protects our students from Returning to the Days of Massive Budget Cuts and Teacher Layoffs

• California is facing a severe teacher shortage and needs to hire 22,000 more teachers next year.

• The sales tax associated with Proposition 30 will sunset this year and is not included in Prop.55

Visalia Emergency Aid Race Against Hunger

The "Race Against Hunger" is the largest 5K in the Central Valley benefiting Visalia Emergency Aid Council (VEAC). From its humble beginnings in 2005 at a supermarket parking lot with 250 participants, the "Race Against Hunger" has grown to over 5,000 participants comprised of businesses, civic organizations, families and friends. It has become the premiere advocacy event for alleviating hunger in Tulare County.

Visalia Emergency Aid Council also believes that we must inspire the future generation to care for their community and have incorporated a "Kid's Race" in our annual event. The l/4-mile race provides children with the
opportunity to give back..."Children Helping Children"...while promoting health, fitness, and fun.

The 5K run/2 mile walk challenges participants to fun teams and creatively dress for the event on Thanksgiving morning. The race kicks off at 8: oo am and is usually completed by 9:30 am. The "Race Against Hunger" provides a large portion of the annual funding for the VEAC food pantry and day to day operations required to assist over 800 families each month.

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

For more information, to join the VUTA team call
(559) 730-7995 or email Becky at


Upcoming Events

Sept. 24th - Relay for Life

Sept. 27 - VUSD School Board Meeting

Sept.30th - TGIF at Tahoe Joe's - 3:30 - 5:00


Our next TGIF is scheduled for Friday, September 30th, at Tahoe Joe’s on Caldwell Ave. in Visalia. It begins at 3:30. These events are intended for VUSD teachers. We provide terrific appetizers, water/iced tea, and lots of prizes. You can enter tickets to win an iPad that we giveaway at the end of the year. You can receive an extra ticket if you bring/come with a friend. Any drinks other than water/iced tea are your responsibility. There is no presentation. These events are created for you to relax and visit with colleagues. We invite you to have some fun and enjoy a Friday afternoon with the VUSD teachers.

Relay for Life - Visalia Teachers Team

This year the 24-hour team-based event will be held at Golden West Stadium on Saturday, September 24th, starting at 9:00 am. Most of us know somebody who has been affected by cancer. Some of our members are cancer survivors. Our goal is to raise money for the cancer fight!!

What Can I Do?

• Participate - Sign up to walk a lap or a few of them!
• Raise money - Help the team raise money!
• Team Leader - Team leaders supervise a 4-hour shift!
• Have fun - Walk with family or a buddy!

Contact Becky at or 730-7995

Disability Insurance

Teachers do not pay into CA State Disability. This coverage is offered through CTA. The company is called the Standard. It is terrific coverage and not too expensive. We should have enough new signups for an open enrollment. This means there is no health questionnaire. If you do not have this coverage, you should check into the program and see if it is right for you. (more)

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela