The passing of multiple California ballot measures to benefit education is a huge victory for our students. See how these ballots will benefit our schools.
Proposition: 51 Passed!
With 54.0% of voters in favor, schools will now receive state bonds for the construction of facilities along with any updates facilities may need. Students, educators and staff may continue allocating funds towards education. Nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s office states:
“State funding to help finance repairs and new school facilities across California had run dry, and Proposition 51 will refill the pot. School construction needs billions of dollars every year. With the new cash infusion, the state will once again match local district funding for construction projects.”
Prop 51 provides resources for the construction and repairs needed for a modern classroom environment for students and educators without disrupting the quality of education. After all, how are students expected to learn in outdated, even deteriorating, environments?
Proposition 55: Passed!
The proposition passed with 62.5% of voters in favor of the ballot. This means that school districts and colleges will receive stable funding to boost education. Any schools will now have further funding to continue programs or to bring back any programs lost due to lack of funds.
The proposition, as stated in a previous post, will extend for another 12 years the personal income tax increase on incomes over $250,000 that was initially proposed in 2012. What this means is that the tax is maintained, and that no one’s taxes are being raised as a result of this ballot.
In an recent LA times article, president of the Burbank Teachers Union Diana Abasta states:
“The passing of Proposition 55 means 12 years of stable funding for our schools and colleges. It means smaller classes, the hiring of additional teachers and restoring art and music in the curriculum. For community colleges, it means stable tuition rates and the availability of more classes.”
Prop 55 is important for students to receive the best quality education possible by preventing further budget cuts, helping restore funding that was cut during the recession, and giving teachers job stability.
Proposition 58: Passed!
An overwhelming 72.7% of voters were in favor of Proposition 58. The passing of the bilingual education measure means that English learners will no longer be taught in an English-only classroom. It repeals the 1998 Prop 227 that required an English-only instruction to English learners. This proposition also means that educators will not need permission from parents to enroll their child in bilingual education programs.
Californians Together’s executive director Shelly Spiegel-Coleman stated:
“California will once again be the leader in promoting multilingual and biliteracy programs for all students.”
Bilingual education will now be tailored to fit the programs needs. Students will benefit from the proposition and ultimately eliminate the struggle of complete immersion of the English language, the initial proposition imposed. Multilingual (and multicultural!) skills can only be positive for a more diverse future.