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State of California November 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 38
School Vouchers. State-Funded Private and Religious Education Public School Funding.

Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Put on the ballot by Petition Signatures

3,085,457 / 29.5% Yes votes ...... 7,387,753 / 70.5% No votes

See Also: Index of all Propositions

Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the state Attorney General:
  • Authorizes annual state payments of at least $4000 per pupil for private and religious schools phased in over four years.
  • Restricts state and local authority to require private schools to meet standards, including state academic requirements.
  • Limits future health, safety, zoning, building restrictions on private schools.
  • Requires release of composite test scores of voucher pupils.
  • Permits Legislature to replace current voter-enacted constitutional funding priority for public schools (Proposition 98) with minimum formula based on national per-pupil average, as defined by terms of this measure.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
In addition to funding a public school system, the state would make available to all school-age children (kindergarten through 12th grade) scholarships (vouchers) of at least $4,000 each year to pay tuition and fees at private schools.

A NO vote of this measure means:
The state would not fund scholarships (vouchers) to pay tuition and fees at private schools. The current approach of funding public education for kindergarten through 12th grade through a system of public schools would continue.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 38:
Prop. 38 gives a $4,000 school voucher to all parents to choose the best education for their children and provides a stronger public education funding guarantee. Prop. 38 holds schools accountable to parents and students, is only fair, and leads to smaller, safer classrooms.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 38:
Proposition 38 would create voucher schools with no standards for students, no credentials for teachers, and no accountability to taxpayers. Not one penny of the billions spent on Prop 38 will be used to make our childrenís public schools better. Prop 38 is an expensive experiment our children canít afford.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 38:
Pat Rosenstiel
Prop38Yes, School Vouchers 2000
400 Seaport Ct., Suite 102
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 306-1111

Contact AGAINST Proposition 38:
No on Prop 38 Committee
1510 J Street, Suite 115
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-4406

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

California Budget Project

EdSource California Society of Association Executives League of Women Voters California Voter Foundation News and Analysis

KCET/KMEX Decision 2000

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