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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 over 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 and the League of Women Voters.

They can also go to the official campaign websites of Prop. 30 and Prop. 38.

John Galt November 05, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Both are bad!
Ed Sorrels November 05, 2012 at 02:45 AM
We have thrown money at the school system for as long as I have been voting 55 or so years and the only thing I have in return is worse school's. It is time that school's became just that and stopped wasting all that money on social engineering ! They do not need to be a baby sitter in the morning before school, They do not need to feed kid's breakfast in the morning or lunch at midday and again baby sit them after school, All you need to do is sign a slip and PRESTO you are given these services. with no or very little oversight. I sent 4 kid's thru school, working as a mechanic without ever availing myself of any of these give away programs. They are educational facilitys not an expierment in social engineering. Scrap all this social engineering and they would have enough money to teach all the kid's. NO ON BOTH
Jon Hall November 05, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Absolutely nothing baffling about the Propositions --- they both are simple schemes designed to facilitate the fleecing of the taxpayer --- no more --- no less This *fund the schools* mantra is total bull --- when Prop 13 passed --- which was meant to cut the *fat* from State spending they cut funding to schools instead --- as a way to show the *common folks* who ran the place Then when the lottery passed the purpose was to add funding to schools --- but instead the State took away existing funding dollar for dollar --- and this gave them the extra money needed to start paying the unions back for their support Now we have excess wages being paid, bloated pensions due, and a restrictive market system in place --- all of which are killing the economy Not to mention the open borders --- welcoming all to free money, education, and medical So now Moonbeam and the Collective are at it again --- telling all that $6,000,000,000 will be cut from schools if *we* don't give them more money Sounds very familiar doesn't it ...
Jon Hall November 05, 2012 at 03:09 PM
FYI: The *open borders* isn't just Mexico --- it is the other 49 States too --- We get folks from all over coming here for the freebies ...
Surf Cali November 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I have to agree, "No New Taxes"!! Until Brown and the State Legislature can prove they will spend it wisely.
Libi Uremovic November 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
jon, the revenue generated from the lottery is millions to every school....the downtown lottery office has a sign hanging up so i asked the manager: 'where's the money?' and he says to me: '...every school is getting million, but they keep it quiet because they still want to raise bond & tax money...' i realize that was his point of view from his job title....but i think he's got a point...
Libi Uremovic November 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
i'm voting against both of these bond measures too, but i plan to attack the school's books before they have a chance to 'present their budgets' ....when the bonds fail the 'leaders' will try to take revenge on the populace read about the city if imperial beach audit : libionline.net ib is wasting about 50% of their budget and i'll find the same in the schools....we pay plenty of taxes to afford good schools and provide for our line workers - they're just wasting the money...
Jon Hall November 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
To all --- those who forgot about this --- those who were kids when this was enacted --- and those who just didn't give a damn at the time ... http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_98,_Mandatory_Education_Spending_%281988%29 There isn't a lack of money going to schools ...
Ed Sorrels November 06, 2012 at 03:26 AM
There is another point on this, The constitution of the state of California only guarentee's an education thru K-12. The universitys and colleges were origionally supposed to pay for themselves with tuition's and endowments and get no money from the state, Along the way that has gotten lost somewhere and now the taxpayers are carring a big part of the l.oad, Let's get that back and use it as intended!

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