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OP-ED from California PTA President: Pop Quiz on Prop. 38—One More Time

California PTA president provides information about Proposition 38.

If you are like most Californians, you know our schools are in trouble.

And you care deeply about YOUR local school.

But you have not had enough time to study the initiatives

Here is a chance to learn more about Proposition 38—so that when you enter the voting booth, it does not feel like that dreaded pop quiz.

The California State PTA helped write and is supporting Proposition 38 to restore the programs and services that have been cut at all our local schools.


Let’s start.   (Don’t miss the question for extra points at the end!)

Here is the title of Proposition 38


Read the following quotes in italics from the Independent Legislative Analyst and then see if you can answer the quiz.

“Fiscal Effect

Around $10 Billion of Additional Annual State Revenues. In the initial years—beginning in 2013–14—the annual amount of additional state revenues raised would be around $10 billion. …The total revenues generated would tend to grow over time.

Distributes School Funds Through Three Grant Programs.

Proposition 38 requires that CETF school funds be allocated as follows:

Educational Program Grants (70 Percent of Funds). The largest share of funds—70 percent of all CETF school funding—would be distributed based on the number of students at each school. …Educational program grants could be spent on a broad range of activities, including instruction, school support staff (such as counselors and librarians), and parent engagement.

Low-Income Student Grants (18 Percent of Funds). The measure requires that 18 percent of CETF school funds be allocated at one statewide rate based on the number of low-income students (defined as the number of students eligible for free school meals) enrolled in each school. As with the educational program grants, low-income student grants could be spent on a broad range of educational activities. 

Training, Technology, and Teaching Materials Grants (12 Percent of Funds). The remaining 12 percent of funds would be allocated at one statewide rate based on the number of students at each school. The funds could be used only for training school staff and purchasing up-to-date technology and teaching materials.


  1. Does Proposition 38 raise about $ 10 billion per year?
  2. Does Proposition 38 require the funds to be spent at each school based on the number of students?
  3. Does Proposition 38 provide extra funding for low-income students at their school?
  4. Does Proposition 38 help teachers with training, technology and teaching materials?


Yes to all questions


How much money will your local school receive?

Click here to find out:  www.prop38forlocalschools.org/restore.

Now that you’ve taken the quiz, check back again to learn more about Prop 38.

Carol Kocivar is the president of the California Parent Teacher Association.

Chuck Coker October 23, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Why this is smoke and mirrors and simply just another tax hike for the general fund... Suppose the state gives California schools $100 billion per year (I made that number up for illustration purposes) out of the general fund to operate because that's how much money they need. Prop 38 taxes California residents an additional $10 billion per year and that money can ONLY go to the schools. So taxpayers end up paying $110 billion in taxes. Am I correct so far? The schools get all $10 billion from Prop 38, so they are now short $90 billion to reach the $100 billion they need to operate. The state gives the schools the $90 billion. Now the schools have the $100 billion they need to operate, plus the general fund has an extra $10 billion to spend on whatever they want to spend it on. I have worked at four school districts since 1978. Government and budgets have always worked that way. If you think I am wrong, please explain why.
ATC October 23, 2012 at 08:29 PM
You are absolutely correct. An additional $10 billion in "Revenues" means an additional $10 billion in "Taxes". And nothing changes for the schools. That's exactly what happened with the Lottery, as well. Remember? The lottery was supposed to solve our schools' budget problems. Instead, every dime the lottery sends to schools, the state reduces it's contribution to schools from the general fund. And that's exactly what will happen again, here. Every dime raised from prop 38 will mean a dime less from the general fund towards schools. Our taxes go up, school funding remains the same, and Sacramento has an additional $10 billion of OUR tax money to waste on other things.
Damchi October 23, 2012 at 08:38 PM
No on 30 and 38; Yes on 32!
Diego Rose November 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Here is some questions for the California PTA. . . . 1st.- Since we as a state and even as a nation have outspent almost every industrialized country around the world for education purposes, but only dropped in global rankings, why do you still think money equals education? 2nd-What has been done to fix all of the states misappropriations and inefficiencies in regards to educational funding prior to asking for more money from the tax payers? 3rd-What has the PTA done to help directly fund schools as a organization? . . . I don't mean lobbing for more money from the tax payers. 4th-How have the Lottery monies benefited California schools and how come the percentage of money from the lottery funds have been manipulated for the interest of politicians?
Diego Rose November 07, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Oops! Here "are" some questions. . . . . California student. Damn it!


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