Props 30 and 38 Explained: Which Do You Support?

Baffled by the two ballot initiatives seeking to send billions of dollars to public schools? Don't be. EdSource's new infographic makes it all clear. Which proposition do you support?

Ever since Hiram Johnson and his fellow Progressives made ballot initiatives a part of the California political landscape 100 years ago, the state’s voters have been obliged to grasp some fairly slippery policy issues before casting their votes. Propositions 30 and 38 on the November ballot are representative of the thorny problems other states assign to their legislators, but in California are punted to voters as popular referendums. 

Both propositions aim to send more money to the state’s public schools, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. For typical voters, even those who care deeply about public education, deciphering the long-term consequences of a simple for or against vote could require hours sifting through the arcana of school finance.

Fortunately, the folks over at EdSource did the hard work for us. They’ve prepared an infographic to explain the two propositions in a clear and illustrative format. As EdSource’s executive director Louis Freedberg noted in his accompanying blog, when voters are confused, they tend to vote against propositions—even propositions they might have supported had they possessed more knowledge.

Voters seeking yet more info on the initiatives can visit the Official Voter Information Guide, as well as analyses from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the California Budget Project and the League of Women Voters.

They can also go to the official campaign websites of Prop. 30 and Prop. 38.

Surf Cali November 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I have to agree, "No New Taxes"!! Until Brown and the State Legislature can prove they will spend it wisely.
Libi Uremovic November 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
jon, the revenue generated from the lottery is millions to every school....the downtown lottery office has a sign hanging up so i asked the manager: 'where's the money?' and he says to me: '...every school is getting million, but they keep it quiet because they still want to raise bond & tax money...' i realize that was his point of view from his job title....but i think he's got a point...
Libi Uremovic November 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
i'm voting against both of these bond measures too, but i plan to attack the school's books before they have a chance to 'present their budgets' ....when the bonds fail the 'leaders' will try to take revenge on the populace read about the city if imperial beach audit : libionline.net ib is wasting about 50% of their budget and i'll find the same in the schools....we pay plenty of taxes to afford good schools and provide for our line workers - they're just wasting the money...
Jon Hall November 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
To all --- those who forgot about this --- those who were kids when this was enacted --- and those who just didn't give a damn at the time ... http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_98,_Mandatory_Education_Spending_%281988%29 There isn't a lack of money going to schools ...
Ed Sorrels November 06, 2012 at 03:26 AM
There is another point on this, The constitution of the state of California only guarentee's an education thru K-12. The universitys and colleges were origionally supposed to pay for themselves with tuition's and endowments and get no money from the state, Along the way that has gotten lost somewhere and now the taxpayers are carring a big part of the l.oad, Let's get that back and use it as intended!


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