David Welch, who lost a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure, is trying a new tack: a constitutional guarantee for a "high-quality" education.
Although former Sen. Gary Hart never imagined there would be 1,200 charter schools, overall he’s pleased. He would set up a different appeals process for charters whose applications have been rejected.
But support shrinks, with Democrats opposed, to idea of giving government subsidies for religious or private schools to all parents, regardless of income.
As with Missouri, California's constitution bans public money for schools run by churches.
The president has accomplished few of the initiatives outlined in his Contract with the American Voter.
However, twice in the past, they overwhelmingly rejected ballot initiatives that would have allowed vouchers.
Democrats on the committee were angry that they were only given five minutes each to question Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of education.
The California Charter Schools Association says it will "actively resist" efforts to impose a private school voucher plan on California.
She has been a proponent of taxpayer-supported vouchers and other ways to underwrite tuition for private schools.
Trump will propose a voucher program; Brown will address the teacher shortage.
California has a history of opposition to vouchers that can be used for private school tuition.
The vouchers could be used for a wide variety of schools, including private schools.