Petition for School Choice in California

Your Kids. Your Money. Their Future.

  • California will spend $80 billion this year on public education, yet our schools consistently rank among the nation’s worst.

  • Radical social ideas are being forced on our kids.

  • Students are trapped by their zip code in schools that are unsafe and failing.

  • Most parents cannot afford higher performing private education.

It’s just not fair. There is a solution: School Choice!

If you believe it's time to give parents the choice of how and where to educate their children, then please add your name to the petition below. We are preparing a comprehensive School Choice initiative for the November 2022 Statewide Ballot, but first need to show that there is enough support among California voters. Our goal is to obtain 1 million signatures by January 2021.


We the undersigned find and declare all of the following:

  • Our future depends on the education of our children from kindergarten through high school and, for those students who desire it, the completion of college or vocational education.

  • Yet many parents feel trapped by under-performing schools and without any ability to save for college and/or vocational training.

  • The State of California currently spends about $17,000 per pupil on K–12 public education, including federal, state, and local funds and over $97 billion to educate about 6,000,000 children in public schools. The State provides most of the money for schools pursuant to the minimum funding guarantee in the California Constitution (Proposition 98), about $12,000 per pupil per year.

  • Some public schools are excellent, and some are simply terrible. Overall pupil performance, measured in any number of ways, shows decline, not improvement. Yet per-pupil spending by the state has increased by more than $5000 in the last decade. This fact proves that just more money is not the answer to our education problem.

  • There are many nonprofit private schools and public charter schools that provide quality education to our children, usually at much lower cost per pupil than the state.

  • Parents, not the government, should have the right to choose what educational opportunities are best for their children and to set aside any savings derived from that choice for their children’s college or vocational education.

  • For parents to have choice in their child’s education, there must be a variety of educational options within their community – including but not limited to public, charter, private, parochial schools, and homeschooling.

  • When schools compete with one another for student enrollment and education dollars, the quality of education will improve, and innovation will take place.

Therefore, we hereby petition for the passage of School Choice legislation in California to do all of the following:

  • Create an Education Savings Account for each school age child in every district across the state, upon the request of that child’s parents.

  • Fund the Education Savings Account with the amount the state designates each year per pupil for K-12 public education, currently about $12,000 at no additional cost to taxpayers.

  • Empower parents to use the funds in the Education Savings Account to enroll, pay tuition and/or other eligible education expenses for each child in any eligible school of their choice.

  • Allow any unused funds in the Education Savings Account at the end of the school year to be rolled over tax-free for future school years, and upon graduation from high school, allow any savings in the child’s account to be used for college and/or vocational education expenses.

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  • Michelle Marciniec
    signed 2019-08-29 13:58:40 -0700
    I placed my child with special needs in private school grades 6-8. I was fortunate to afford this education and I wish it for everyone.
  • Katherine Henderson
    signed 2019-08-29 12:45:20 -0700
  • Harlan Margolis
    signed 2019-08-29 12:38:18 -0700
  • Sandra Clarke
    signed 2019-08-29 12:34:04 -0700
  • Yvonne Middleton
    signed 2019-08-29 12:32:55 -0700
  • Tamara Wagle
    signed 2019-08-29 11:37:30 -0700
  • California School Choice
    @SchoolChoice22 tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-29 11:35:04 -0700
    I just signed the Petition for School Choice in California! http://www.californiaschoolchoice.org/?recruiter_id=2
  • Marjorie Hartung
    signed 2019-08-29 11:14:09 -0700
  • Emily Stanchfield
    signed 2019-08-29 09:57:27 -0700
  • Claire Hayes
    signed 2019-08-29 09:52:30 -0700
  • Christi Osborn
    signed 2019-08-29 09:02:38 -0700
  • Cynthia Broniste
    signed 2019-08-29 08:54:01 -0700
  • Kathy Sunia
    signed 2019-08-29 08:29:14 -0700
    Everyone needs to allow our children SCHOOL OF CHOICE
  • Summer Moffitt
    signed 2019-08-29 08:23:24 -0700
  • Dale Broome
    signed 2019-08-28 19:05:34 -0700
  • James Toma
    signed via 2019-08-28 13:17:24 -0700
  • Catherine Dobrenchuk
    signed via 2019-08-28 13:07:04 -0700
    Catherine Carvalho
  • nancy kubota
    signed 2019-08-28 11:39:44 -0700
  • Ginny Sand
    signed 2019-08-27 21:48:07 -0700
    This is creative destruction of a failed system that’s been in place since the Industrial Age! Time to join the 21st Century, and other countries like Sweden, Canada, France, Australia and Belgium (whose students are cleaning our clocks academically!)
  • Lupe Navarro
    signed 2019-08-27 18:59:19 -0700
  • Robert Gladden
    signed 2019-08-27 15:04:07 -0700
  • George Alex
    signed 2019-08-27 14:49:40 -0700
  • Kathy Cazin
    signed 2019-08-27 09:50:28 -0700
  • Linda Hutchins
    signed 2019-08-26 18:42:35 -0700
  • Hunt Turner
    signed 2019-08-26 12:31:35 -0700
    How can we get a link to share with all our friends and network?
  • Ed Shrader
    signed 2019-08-25 20:42:40 -0700
  • Mark F Connaughton
    signed 2019-08-25 19:51:42 -0700
    School choice is long overdue in California
  • Diane Tolsma
    signed 2019-08-25 16:26:43 -0700
    I screen calls and avoid almost all except family and friends
  • Michael Alexander
    signed 2019-08-25 16:24:59 -0700
    School Choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st Century.
  • Raymond Lrpone
    signed 2019-08-25 06:05:55 -0700