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.
Alejandro Mayorkas’ background as a refugee from Cuba shapes his views on immigration policies.
The first major challenge to Prop. 13’s limit on property taxes would have provided an estimated $2.5 billion to $4.5 billion annually for K-12 schools and community colleges.
When she moves into the White House, Jill Biden will make history as the first First Lady to hold a job outside the White House — as a community college English professor.
Fewer districts than in past presidential elections bet that voters would approve a tax increase during a pandemic and a recession.
Confusing ballot language, lack of time to get a clear message to voters and misreading public support contributed to the decisive loss of Prop. 16
The next school board will be seated in December and likely have one new face: Tanya Ortiz Franklin, a former teacher.
The first effort in 42 years to change Prop. 13 would provide $2.6 billion to $4.6 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges.
With 100% of the precincts reporting, voters are rejecting return of affirmative action in California. At least several million mail-in, provisional and same-day registration ballots were still being counted.
Three measures on the California ballot for the Nov. 3 election have implications for California’s public education system and young people.
Focus on Donald Trump and pandemic meant that Biden’s many education proposals got little airing during the campaign.
Despite being outspent, the No on Prop. 16 campaign is leading in at least one statewide poll.
When California voters in 1996 rejected affirmative action, CSU and UC could no longer consider race and ethnicity in admissions, making a huge impact on the public universities.
Distance learning poses additional challenges for teachers willing to help students examine a divisive election filled with misinformation.
More than 60 districts throughout California seek as little as $2 million up to $7 billion for school construction, repairs and technology.
L.A. Unified’ next school board will guide the district through the pandemic and influence the future of charter schools in Los Angeles.