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Policy & Finance

Elections and Education

On the November 3rd ballot, California voters have the choice to roll back the state’s ban on affirmative action and to significantly change the property tax restrictions imposed by Proposition 13. The outcome of the presidential election will determine the direction of federal education policies for the next four years.

Elections have a major impact on California education. Voters have passed ballot measures that set the level of state education funding. They banned bilingual education and later reversed that ban. Voters elect the state superintendent of public instruction and local school board members. And they elect governors who have power over school funding, appointing members to the State Board of Education and to the UC Board of Regents and the CSU Board of Trustees.