LWV League of Women Voters of California
Smart Voter
State of California November 5, 2002 Election
Proposition 49
Before and After School Programs. State Grants
State of California

Initiative Statute

3,857,409 / 56.6% Yes votes ...... 2,958,458 / 43.4% No votes

See Also: Index of all Propositions

Results as of Nov 14 11:14am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24726/24726)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should funding for before and after school programs be substantially increased, and starting in 2004-05, should general funds be permanently earmarked for this program?

Increases state grant funds available for before and after school programs providing tutoring, homework assistance, and educational enrichment. Establishes priority for continued funding level for schools already receiving grants. Makes public elementary, middle and junior high schools, including charter schools, eligible for grants ranging from $50,000 to $75,000. Provides priority for additional funding for schools with predominantly low-income students. Declares that funding for before and after school programs shall be above Proposition 98 base funding, and at least $85 million for first year increasing to $550 million annually if state revenues grow. Summary of estimate by of fiscal impact on state and local governments:

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance:
This measure would have a major fiscal effect of additional annual state costs for before and after school programs that could exceed $400 million annually, beginning in 2004-2005.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The state would provide additional funding of up to $455 million to before and after school programs.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Funding for before and after school programs would continue to depend on annual legislative action.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 49:
Major university studies show after-school programs reduce gang activity, drugs and juvenile incarceration while protecting kids, improving grades, saving taxpayers $3 for every $1 invested through reduced costs for juvenile crime, grade repetition, and remedial education. Proposition 49 endorsements: California Taxpayers' Association, Teachers Association, PTA, Sheriffs, AARP, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 49:
Proposition 49 would unfairly take one program with a powerful sponsor and guarantee its funding every year. It would fall outside the budget process--even in tough economic times when it might take money away from more critical needs like environmental protection, health care, public safety and other children's programs.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 49:
Citizens for After School Programs
3110 Main Street #210
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Contact AGAINST Proposition 49:
Trudy Schafer
League of Women Voters of California
926 J Street, Suite 515
Sacramento, CA 95814

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Legislative Analysts's Office Nonpartisan Information

League of Women Voters - Analysis

League of Women Voters - Background Action Alliance for Children California Budget Project EdSource
  • Voter Guide - impartial analysis and summarization of the major arguments pro and con.
California Voter Foundation News and Analysis

KQED-FM Forum 88.5 San Francisco

Contra Costa Times KXTV Channel 10, Sacramento Modesto Bee Oakland Tribune Sacramento Bee San Francisco Chronicle Events

LWV Pros & Cons Public Meetings

  • Come to a meeting in your community where League experts discuss all state ballot propositions giving a nonpartisan analysis. Consult your Smart Voter county page for dates, times and locations.
Suggest a link related to Proposition 49
Links to sources outside of Smart Voter are provided for information only and do not imply endorsement.

California Home Page || Statewide Links || About Smart Voter || Feedback
Created: December 6, 2002 03:15 PST
Smart Voter <http://www.smartvoter.org/>
Copyright © League of Women Voters of California Education Fund   http://ca.lwv.org
The League of Women Voters neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office or political parties.