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Tax on Incomes Over $400,000 for Individuals; $800,000 for Couples
State of California
Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 1,958,200 / 39.2% Yes votes ...... 3,036,217 / 60.8% No votes
Index of all Propositions
|Results as of Jul 13 4:04pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (23124/23124)|
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Should the California Constitution and state law be amended to create and support a new, publicly funded, voluntary preschool program for children to attend in the year prior to kindergarten, to be funded by an increase in personal income tax rates for high income individuals?
• Funded by a 1.7% tax on individual incomes above $400,000; $800,000 for couples.
• Administered by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction and county school superintendents.
• Directs counties to prepare reports on curricula, outreach, facilities, childcare coordination, budgeting, teacher recruitment and pay.
• Limits administrative expenses; requires program audits.
• Requires state Superintendent to develop a preschool teaching credential with financial aid for credential students.
• Excludes revenue from appropriation limits, Proposition 98 calculations.
• Revenues would be used solely for new state preschool program and would be spent to run the program, pay for facilities, train teachers, and provide an operating reserve.
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Overview and Analysis|
(Sources in order from Basic to Detailed and provided by the League of Women Voters of California)
California Voter Foundation
Secretary of State
LWV Pros & Cons Public Meetings
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|Arguments For Proposition 82||Arguments Against Proposition 82|
|IMPROVE OUR SCHOOLS. VOTE YES ON 82—PRESCHOOL FOR ALL.
California’s teachers say Prop. 82:
Studies show that children who go to preschool are more likely to be able to read by the third grade and therefore, more likely to succeed in school.
That’s because children who know how to read by third grade can use their reading skills to learn faster in their other classes.
Right now, only one in five children in California goes to a quality preschool program, and California ranks 45th out of 50 states in reading.
PROP. 82 PROVIDES ACCESS TO A QUALITY, VOLUNTARY PRESCHOOL FOR ALL FOUR-YEAR OLDS.
By providing preschools that teach children earlier, when their brains are developing rapidly, and making sure parents are involved, teachers say Prop. 82 will help more children learn to read and give all our kids a chance to succeed. That’s why California’s teachers, including preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, elementary school teachers, and more than 300,000 local classroom teachers say vote YES on 82.
CALIFORNIA’S POLICE CHIEFS SAY PROP. 82 HELPS CUT CRIME.
Today, nearly one out of three children in California drops out of school. But studies show that preschool can help kids stay in school and stay out of trouble with crime, drugs, and gangs. That’s why the California Police Chiefs Association says Yes on 82.
PROTECT CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS
Prop. 82 has no cost for 99.4% of California taxpayers. With strict financial accountability safeguards, Prop. 82 puts taxpayers in control.
For every dollar we invest in preschool, studies show we get more money back—from savings on reduced remedial education, lower dropout rates, and the economic benefits of a bettereducated workforce.
Better-educated children get better jobs, and a bettereducated workforce strengthens California’s economy for the future.
That’s why business leaders, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Chambers of Commerce, the California Teachers Association, the California Head Start Association, the California Police Chiefs Association, the Congress of California Seniors, Republicans and Democrats, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former Education Secretary Dick Riordan, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein say vote Yes on 82. http://www.Yeson82.com.
YES on 82 —INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN. IMPROVE OUR SCHOOLS.
BARBARA E. KERR, President
STEVE KRULL, President
EDWARD CONDON, Executive Director
TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE FINE PRINT OF THE INITIATIVE AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF.
“Targeting resources and attention on those grades where
children are taught the skills they need for the rest of their
life should be our priority now. Let’s improve K–12 schools
before we spend $2.4 billion on an unproven new preschool
PROP. 82 IS A BAD DEAL FOR TAXPAYERS.
The Proposition 82 “system” is modeled after the same inefficient bureaucracy running K–12 schools, with three layers of bureaucracy and administration. There is a good chance costs will be more than supporters estimate.
JOIN TEACHERS, EDUCATORS, PARENTS, THE CALIFORNIA CHAMBER AND LOCAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, TAXPAYERS, AND SENIORS IN VOTING “NO” ON PROPOSITION 82. VISIT: http://www.NoProp82.org
LARRY MCCARTHY, President
THOMAS L. SIPES, Director
CHRIS SIMMONS, 2003 Teacher of the Year
|The question before us is not whether expanded preschool
would bring benefits to our kids, but whether California can
afford to spend $2.4 billion in scarce resources on a new
preschool bureaucracy that will only increase enrollment by
four or five percent.
A broad coalition of K–12 and preschool teachers, educators, minority groups, seniors, taxpayer groups, and businesses have studied this proposal and concluded that Proposition 82 is flawed and a bad deal for our children and for California. Here’s why:
THE STATE HAS MANY OTHER PRESSING NEEDS THAT SHOULD COME FIRST, LIKE FIXING K–12 SCHOOLS
-Denise Lyon, Second Grade Teacher, Elk Grove
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR LITTLE GAIN IN ENROLLMENT
DR. TOM BOGETICH, Retired Executive Director
PAMELA ZELL RIGG, President
PATRICIA ARMANINI, Third Grade Teacher
Studies show that the most critical factor that determines whether children will succeed in school is the ability to read by the third grade.
California’s teachers say Prop. 82 will make our children better prepared to read and learn.
That’s why groups representing over 450,000 California teachers say Prop. 82 will strengthen elementary and K–12 education.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WILL GET ACCESS TO QUALITY PRESCHOOL.
The opponents are trying to mislead you by claiming that 65% of children already attend quality preschools. Wrong. Those statistics include children in daycare and babysitting.
According to Calfornia’s teachers, only 20% of four-year olds are in quality preschools, with credentialed teachers prepared to meet the unique challenges of teaching young children.
Prop. 82 will give over 300,000 more children a year the chance to learn.
STRICT ACCOUNTABILITY—NOT WASTEFUL BUREAUCRACY
Business leaders, including the Los Angeles and San Francisco Chambers of Commerce, say Prop. 82 severely limits administrative costs and provides for strict accountability, including independent audits and criminal penalties for misuse of preschool funds.
VOTE YES on 82.
MARY BERGAN, President
SHELBI J. WILSON
ROBERT BLACK, MD