Official Title: Public Schools. Permanent Class Size Reduction. Parent-Teacher Councils.
Teacher Credentialing. Pupil Suspension for Drug Possession. Chief Inspector's Office.

Official election results are available from the Secretary of State


36.8 %


63.2 %



The way it is now:
The state Department of Education oversees public schools in California. The number of students in each kindergarten through third grade class has been lowered over the past two years. This has cost the state $1.5 billion.

What Prop. 8 would do: Make changes in the laws about education:

What it would cost: Up to $60 million in new state education programs, but some of this would come from current budgets.





We need to make sure we continue smaller class sizes and make our teachers more responsible for what they teach.

Parents and teachers should have more control over school budgets and what gets taught.

Students are expelled if they bring guns or knives to school and they also should be expelled for bringing drugs to school.
Prop 8 includes many programs that are already in place, such as smaller class sizes.

Prop 8 would take money away from classrooms and education programs that are working well now and uses the money for new administration.

These new rules for teacher testing could make California's teacher shortage worse.


Californians for Smaller Classes, Drug-Free Schools, and Educational Accountability
Committee ID# 980132
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 600
Sacramento, CA 95814
phone: (916) 492-7758

Parents, Teachers, Cops and Taxpayers Against Prop 8
Committee ID# 981689
111 Anza Blvd, Suite 406
Burlingame, CA 94010
phone: (650) 340-0470

WHO SIGNED THE OFFICIAL BALLOT PAMPHLET ARGUMENTS Pete Wilson, Governor, State of California; Yvonne Larsen, President, California State Board of Education; Kim Jacobsma, 1996 Teacher of the Year, Mayfair High School. Lois Tinson, President, California Teachers Association; Lenny Goldberg, Executive Director, California Tax Reform Association; Bob Wells, Secretary/Treasurer, Parents, Teachers and Educators for Local Control.


Follow the money - CVF has compiled summary campaign finance information and a list of top ten contributors for each ballot measure committee that has filed a report with the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State's Voter Information Guide - features the Attorney General's summary, official pro/con arguments, the Legislative Analyst's analysis (including background information, details of the proposal, and the fiscal effect of the measure) and the full text of this measure.

The California Journal - provides independent, in-depth analysis, including background on the issue and arguments for and against the measure.

The Senate Office of Research - offers background information, policy and fiscal effects, related state and federal law, a description of how the measure will work, and a list of supporters and opponents.

The League of Women Voters' Pro/Con Analysis - provides an excellent, nonpartisan review of this measure.

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