Elections have a major impact on California education. Voters have passed ballot measures such as Proposition 98 in 1988, which set the level of state education funding, and Proposition 227 in 1998, which banned bilingual education until voters reversed the ban with Prop. 58 in 2016. Voters also elect the state superintendent of public instruction and local school board members for the state’s nearly 1,000 districts. Perhaps most significantly, they elect governors who have the most control over what happens to education in terms of funding, in appointing members to the State Board of Education and to the UC Board of Regents and the CSU Board of Trustees.
Alameda County, Sacramento and Emeryville all have measures on the ballot that would either generate or set aside funds for child care.
Statewide bond measure would provide for desperately needed renovation of old school buildings, supporters say.
The $15 billion bond measure is unnecessary and unwise, opponents say.
Ballot measure proponents advocate for a new, ongoing source of funding for state's education priorities.
The district measure will appear on the March ballot with a statewide construction bond measure that could provide matching funds to many districts.
Activists against school closures are targeting for recall Oakland Unified school board member Jody London, who voted in favor of school closures.
The approval of stronger language in the party platform comes as criticism of charter schools mounts among Democratic presidential candidates.
An increase in mandated costs has frustrated voters in Marin County, where passing school parcel taxes had been a safe bet until 2016.
Backers and opponents of a $15 billion K-12 and college construction bond are wondering if association with infamous Prop. 13 will affect the vote.
Los Angeles, home to more immigrants than any region in California, could become the state’s second city to let non-citizen parents vote.
Sen. Warren’s plan for K-12 schools, which focuses on low-income students, would be paid for by a “wealth tax.”
Swearing-in ceremony to a seat on the Los Angeles school board becomes opportunity for Jackie Goldberg to urge support for parcel tax.
Veteran lawmaker and activist Jackie Goldberg returns to the LAUSD school board after a decisive win.
A win for Jackie Goldberg would create a more union-friendly board and an uncertain future for charter schools.
Heather Repenning says she occupies middle ground between the teachers’ union and the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA).
Public Policy Institute asked about some of the most hotly debated issues in its annual Californians and Education statewide survey.