- Creates permanent fund for reduction of kindergarten through third-grade class size.
- Funding eligibility requires each school establish governing council of parents/teachers. Council consults with principal, makes all curriculum/expenditure decisions for school; principal responsible for personnel decisions.
- Pupil performance to be utilized for teacher evaluations.
- Teachers must pass subject matter examinations for credential and assignment to teach particular subjects.
- Immediate pupil suspension for drug possession.
- Creates Office of Chief Inspector of Public Schools to evaluate school quality.
- Creates up to $60 million in new state programs. A significant portion of the annual cost probably would be paid from within the state's existing education budget or be offset by increased fee collections.
- Potential costs to local school districts in the high tens of millions of dollars annually for new teacher testing requirements and various other provisions. The actual costs to districts could be significantly less, depending on how the state implemented the measure.
- A YES vote of this measure means:
- Various changes to the
state's education system would
be made. For instance, the
measure (1) creates a state
Office of the Chief Inspector of
Public Schools, (2) increases
the responsibilities of school
site councils and principals, (3)
alters the qualifications that
must be met by teachers in
California, and (4) prevents
the state from reducing
funding for the existing
kindergarten through grade
three class size reduction
- A NO vote of this measure means:
- The various changes
to the state's education
system described in the "yes"
statement would not be
- Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 8:
- Proposition 8 is comprehensive education
reform: guaranteed funding for
permanent class size reduction without
increased taxes; mandatory expulsion for
the possession of dangerous drugs;
educational accountability to taxpayers;
and active parental participation in their
child's school. It gives our children a solid
foundation upon which they can succeed
Full Text of Argument In Favor,
- Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 8:
- Cuts education programs. Funds a
new unaccountable school
bureaucracy (triple the existing
size)--a political appointee (with
no limit on his salary ) and 8000
committees (not elected by
taxpayers) authorized to spend
tax-dollars and set 8000 different
local curricula (ignoring uniform
state standards). Join taxpayers,
teachers and parents. Vote "no!"
Full Text of Argument Against,
- Contact FOR Proposition 8:
- Mitch Zak
Drug-Free Schools and
555 Capitol Mall,
Sacramento, CA 95814
- Contact AGAINST Proposition 8:
- Parents, Teachers, Cops
Against Prop. 8
111 Anza Boulevard,
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 340-0470 or
League of Women Voters
Senate Office of Research
California Voter Foundation
Cal. Voter Foundation
California Voter Foundation
News and Analysis
San Francisco Chronicle
Live Election Returns
Secretary of State
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