Your editorial is wrong. Your error stems, presumably, from a lack of familiarity with the state's collective bargaining law.
Because I want Proposition 98 monies put on the bargaining table in local school districts, you conclude that I want all the dollars "for teacher salaries." That is not true. Teacher salaries are only one of many fiscal items that California Teachers Assn. chapters negotiate with school management. Class size is another.
What I resolved to "fight" in state Sen. Gary K. Hart's (D-Santa Barbara) legislation--and in Gov. George Deukmejian's proposal--is yet another mandate from the state. Educators on the local level, not politicians in Sacramento, ought to decide how the funds are spent. And the mechanism for making that decision is collective bargaining.
The choice ought to be local because class size is not a uniform problem. In a handful of the state's 1,000 school districts, no problem exists. In many others, no space is available for the additional classrooms that would be needed to relieve overcrowding this year. And in every district, teachers, administrators, and school board members know if, where, when, and how class size should be lowered.