.

Props 30 and 38 Explained: Which Do You Support?

Baffled by the two ballot initiatives seeking to send billions of dollars to public schools? Don't be. EdSource's new infographic makes it all clear. Which proposition do you support?

Ever since Hiram Johnson and his fellow Progressives made ballot initiatives a part of the California political landscape 100 years ago, the state’s voters have been obliged to grasp some fairly slippery policy issues before casting their votes. Propositions 30 and 38 on the November ballot are representative of the thorny problems other states assign to their legislators, but in California are punted to voters as popular referendums. 

Both propositions aim to send more money to the state’s public schools, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. For typical voters, even those who care deeply about public education, deciphering the long-term consequences of a simple for or against vote could require hours sifting through the arcana of school finance.

Fortunately, the folks at EdSource did the hard work for us. They’ve prepared an infographic to explain the two propositions in a clear and illustrative format. As EdSource’s executive director Louis Freedberg noted in his accompanying blog, when voters are confused, they tend to vote against propositions—even propositions they might have supported had they possessed more knowledge.

Voters seeking yet more info on the initiatives can visit the Official Voter Information Guide, as well as analyses from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the California Budget Project, the League of Women Voters, and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. They can also go to the official campaign websites of Prop. 30 and Prop. 38.

Milan Moravec October 20, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Searching for some examples of how the education funds rom Prop 30, 38 will be used? Examples follow. Here's how education funds are used...University of California Chancellor Birgeneau ($450,000), Provost Breslauer ($306,000) pick pockets of in-state students, their parents clean. Birgeneau’s, Provost’s tuition increases ranked public Cal. the # 1 most expensive (during the greatest recession of modern times) for in-state students. B & B’s 14% annual tuition increases (2006 – 20012) illustrates an out of touch, self-serving Cal. senior management. Robert J Birgeneau and Provost forget they are public servants, stewards of the public money, not overseers of their own fiefdom. Let’s review how they used tax funding: Pay ex-politician $300,000 for several lectures; Recruit affluent foreign & affluent out of state students who displace qualified instate applicants; Spend millions (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same at 0 cost) for OE consultants to remove Chancellor, Provost created inefficiencies but prevent OE from examining Cal. senior management. Email marsha.kelman@ucop.edu Calif. State Senators, Assembly Members (The author has 35 years’ management consulting, taught at Cal. where he observed the culture & ways of senior management & yes was not fired).
Milan Moravec October 20, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Steven Cohn...some examples of how University of California will use education funds from Prop 30, 38. The facts are always friendly. University of California Chancellor Birgeneau ($450,000), Provost Breslauer ($306,000) pick pockets of in-state students, their parents clean. Birgeneau’s, Provost’s tuition increases ranked public Cal. the # 1 most expensive (during the greatest recession of modern times) for in-state students. B & B’s 14% annual tuition increases (2006 – 20012) illustrates an out of touch, self-serving Cal. senior management. Robert J Birgeneau and Provost forget they are public servants, stewards of the public money, not overseers of their own fiefdom. Let’s review how they used tax funding: Pay ex-politician $300,000 for several lectures; Recruit affluent foreign & affluent out of state students who displace qualified instate applicants; Spend millions (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same at 0 cost) for OE consultants to remove Chancellor, Provost created inefficiencies but prevent OE from examining Cal. senior management. Email marsha.kelman@ucop.edu Calif. State Senators, Assembly Members (The author has 35 years’ management consulting, taught at Cal. where he observed the culture & ways of senior management & yes was not fired).
Milan Moravec October 21, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Quinton Tom...everyone cares about public education but unfortunately barnicles - -- Sacramento politicians and lobbyists - skim $ that are targeted for our children. Examples of how the University of California (lobbyist) skims Prop 30, 38 education funds. Let’s review how public Cal senior management handled the tax dollars it currently gets. Nobody’s perfect, but some higher education chancellor provost are much less perfect as stewards of public funds than others. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($450,000) Provost Breslauer ($306,000) have forgotten they are steward’s of public money, not overseer of their own fiefdoms. Cal tuition triples last decade, Californians income went stagnant. Birgeneau, Provost Breslauer do not have a grip on financial realities. Pay ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures Tuition increases exceed national average rate of increase. University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over last 8 years Recruits foreign students who pay $50,600 and displace qualified Californians. Spends $7,000,000 + for OE consultants to do the work of senior Cal. management. (Prominent East Coast University accomplishes same, 0 costs). In procuring $7,000,000 consultants failed to receive proposals from other firms (Consultants do their thinking for them, who they then can blame for all unpopular but necessary decisions)
Milan Moravec October 23, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Einstein on Prop. 30, Prop. 38 – “Spending more money on doing what has been done in the past and hoping for a better outcome is insanity”. Have the innovative, thoughtful, insightful, creative teachers and faculty create methodologies to increase learning with significantly reduced resources $. Be American do more with less! No on 30, No on 38 and No on 32
TMoraga October 23, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Milan - there is no Learning methodology that fixes hungry kids - kids that lack sleep or simply can't do basic things to enable them the chance of functioning in a classroom. Teachers are greatly limited in the types of activities they can do based on the nature of the class they have. One class will function well and do exceptionally well with a particular activity the next class might implode with the very same activity due to behavioral issues or learning disabilities etc. Teachers who have taught for many years have a bag of activities and tricks they draw from based on the classroom dynamic and the kids they have. My dad did a lab activity last month that he had not done in over 15yrs. How does he know that? Simple when he pulled his file on the activity the last time he used it was 15yrs ago. Two other science teachers were amazed by the activity and wanted to know where he had read about it etc. He just laughed and said Oh I've been doing that lab for years but hadn't tried it in the past 15yrs because the classes he had were just a bad match to the activity. A skilled teacher knows what order of events and activities they can run in a class for a successful experience vs one that simply implodes and becomes just a wasted hour etc.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »