Blog: Another Pop Quiz on Proposition 38

More money for our local schools. Find out how Prop. 38 supports your local school.

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.

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Gregory Brittain November 06, 2012 at 02:07 AM
You can decide for yourself whether increasing taxes is a good idea for CA and how well the CA government is spending our tax dollars.
Gregory Brittain November 06, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Too bad we can't get such quick action on documents regarding Benghazi.
KB November 06, 2012 at 03:46 AM
It's pretty simple really: No on 30 Yes on 32 No on 38 No on Measure Y (a debt time bomb)
Gregory Brittain November 06, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Of course the Dems on the FPPC call contributions to No on 30 "money laundering." It's better than trying to explain why the Dems and GEUs want more of our money after inflation adjusted per capita government spending increased 42% from 2000 to 2010.
Gregory Brittain November 06, 2012 at 08:07 AM
In deciding how to vote on Props 30, 32, and 38 [and whether to vote for Dems] please consider: “Adjusted for inflation, California’s government spending increased 42 percent per capita from 2000 to 2010.” http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/10/reason-rupe-poll-california-voters-moving-towards-wisconsin-like-government-reforms/ "The study, conducted by the Center for Government Analysis (CGA), found that total expenditures by the State of California to finance salaries and pension benefits for State workers grew three times as fast as the per capita personal income of all Californians." http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/10/alarming-compensation-trends-for-state-workers/ “CA public school teachers the highest paid in the nation. CA students rank 48th in math achievement, 49th in reading.” http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2011/calfacts/calfacts_010511.aspx page 36” CA pays ~ 3X more per inmate as TX, but CA is releasing criminals back onto the street. http://reason.org/news/show/private-prisons-save-california-bil Please see http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/09/breaking-bad-california-vs-the-other-states/ regarding the results of the Dems and GEUs controlling California.
Gregory Brittain November 06, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Inflation adjusted per student education spending has ~quadrupled since 1960 and more than doubled since 1970. http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/tables/dt09_182.asp If you told people in 1970 we will double education spending, the taxpayers and parents would and should expect high quality education. Instead, despite huge increases in spending, the quality of government education is terrible to mediocre. I think you could double spending again on the government education system and not see any significant or even discernable improvement. The Dems and GEUs have not made the case they need more of our money or that they will use it wisely.
Gregory Brittain November 06, 2012 at 08:08 AM
http://californiabudgetbites.org/2011/01/ says not increasing taxes will require cutting $930 per student [out of $11,405 per student. http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2011/calfacts/calfacts_010511.aspx (p.13)]. That is 8.15%. Not the end of the world. Families and businesses base their spending on the money available and prioritize accordingly. How many families and businesses have and to reduce their spending by 8% or more? Brown and the Dems passed a budget that cuts education spending if the voters to not pass the tax increase. They can make other choices.
Sarah Creeley November 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
YES, on 30, 39, G & E because EDUCATION MATTERS! As you go through one week, note how many people you depend on, to know what they are doing. Every day people are helped by those who have been educated. NO on 32! Stop the corporate takeover!
Elke Heitmeyer November 06, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Koch Bros funded attack on 30 and support of 32! Don't let out of state hate mongering multi-billionaires destroy our state. http://www.mercurynews.com/elections/ci_21932215/fppc-releases-names-donors-who-made-secret-11 The Koch Brothers helped fund the bigotry and intolerance of Prop 8 in the last election. Let's fight this crap: Vote YES on Prop 30 and NO on Prop 32.
Susan November 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Gregory, if you want to make excuses for the Koch Bros. and Karl Rove's money laundering scheme, please continue because it defines exactly who you are, and why the Koch Brothers' Tea Party Patriots cannot be trusted.
Jay Tee November 06, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Brown is a Clown and his tax ideas are more reason people and tax payers want out of this loony state. NO MORE $$ to SACRAMENTO! NO 30 NO 38 and put a halt to the public unions buying power..... see DETROIT if you do not believe me!
navigio November 06, 2012 at 04:39 PM
What about the prior years of cuts on top of which this is coming? Its never the end of the world when you're the one who wants things to die anyway.
navigio November 06, 2012 at 04:41 PM
A lot of other things have changed since 1960 too. Like a quadrupling of the percentage of Americans with bachelor degrees. Or more than a doubling of the percentage with high school diplomas. I hope your idea of 'progress' in education is not to return to 1960.
navigio November 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
So in one bite you're saying californians are getting poorer, then in another you say we should be doing better with the worst staffed and funded education system in the country. Maybe if we make people even poorer and raise class sizes even more things would only get better... ?
Susan November 06, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The Koch Brothers' Tea Partier wrote: "Obama just added $5-6 trillion to the debt in less than 4 years…" Sorry to be a Tea Party Pooper again, Gregory, but you can't blame President Obama for the policies Republicans pushed in the Bush years, and the recession that began on a Republican president’s watch. If there had been no unfunded Bush era tax cuts, no unfunded wars, no unfunded prescription drug bill monstrosity, no sweeping financial deregulation and no financial crisis – debt would be between 20 and 30 percent of GDP today, rather than almost 100 percent. In this chart, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities takes the public debt since 2001 — which is when we last saw surpluses — and breaks it into its component parts. CBPP Chart: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/08/28/republican-national-convention-the-one-graph-you-need-to-see-before-watching/
David V. November 06, 2012 at 04:53 PM
If you don't care about our children, if you don't care about upward mobility, if education doesn't mean anything to you, then voting against Prop 30 is indeed not the end of the world. If you care about the super-wealthy buying their sports cars more than our poor kids having a shot at upward mobility, then you're right, it's no big deal. But if you care about kids, and you care about equality if opportunity, then you need to vote for Prop 30. The additional cuts that will have to occur if Prop 30 goes down are on top of the steady stream of cuts we've taken over the past several years. So much has already been cancelled. We've already had furlough days. Now we're talking cutting weeks of school and laying off teachers; we're talking class sizes that are obscene. Voting against Prop 30 is an unconscionable act of contempt for the future. Don't do it.
Marg November 06, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Here's the good news, Susan. By the end of today Romney will be our next Prez and the economy will be fixed. You lefties all praise the guy who has lied, made promises he couldn't keep, covered up the murders of our men in Benghazi and you're still so lame you blame Bush. Prop 30 and 38 will fail, just all the other taxation for schools in CA. Anything Jerry Brown touches turns to "fecal matter". Do the math and see if it's worth it. Per school it works out to very little money.
Marg November 06, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Oh please Elke, How stupid. Yes on 32 stops the Unions from taking money and using it to lobby without members consent. You want those thugs taking your $$$? Then donate it because no one else wants them sticking their greedy paws in our pocketbooks.
Marg November 06, 2012 at 05:04 PM
@Elke, How stupid. Yes on 32 stops the Unions from taking money and using it to lobby without members consent. You want those thugs taking your $$$? Then donate it because no one else wants them sticking their greedy paws in our pocketbooks.
Marg November 06, 2012 at 05:05 PM
That's for sure, Jay Tee
David V. November 06, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Yes on 30 -- to save our schools from catastrophic cuts. Yes on 30 -- to say no to the Koch brothers, who think they can buy an election by laundering $11 million through secret organizations. Yes on 30 -- for democracy, and for upward mobility. Yes on 30 -- to show that you care about our children and their prospects.
navigio November 06, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Yep, do the numbers yourself. This calculator lets you see how much additional funds your school would get: http://www.prop38forlocalschools.org/restore
navigio November 06, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Well, I've watched 40 minutes so far and pretty much everyone but the lady and the moderators has lied. Should I bother with the remaining hour?
Susan November 06, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Bless your heart, Marg.
Marcus November 06, 2012 at 06:05 PM
@marg: Oh Marg, you do like living in that Republican bubble. I'd still have Obama as President over Romney. Who would want a Bishop as President anyway? Separation of church and state is a must. I want a President who has his money in America, and not salted away in Swiss bank accounts and not paying taxes. It's not that he's wealthy, no, its that Romney is going for the office of the President of the United States. I want a guy who believes in this country and doesn't lie. I want a President who will give small businesses those tax breaks, ensure the middle class tax breaks remain in place, encourage education for those wishing to train for better jobs. Obama for President.
Mark Burns November 07, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Hank Remoral November 07, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Really nice work here Carol. It was great the way Prop 38 advertising managed to sabotage Prop 30. And you were an ignorant tool. You basically sold out CA children to whatever agenda Molly Munger actually has. Carol -- You need to resign, and account for the money.
Chris Kiely November 07, 2012 at 08:38 AM
32 & 38 both going down in flames. What will those wacky Munger kids spend their $$$ on now?
Bren November 10, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Hey Justin! Where's Vince? I get worried when he's this quiet...
L.A. Chung November 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
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