Petition for School Choice in California

California School Choice Flyer

I support giving parents the right to choose how and where their children are educated.

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.

  • Restrict the State from imposing any condition on the eligibility of any private school, college, or university to receive funds other than current accreditation and safety standards applicable to all private schools operating in California.

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  • Violet Schlesinger
    signed 2020-02-17 23:37:43 -0800
  • Anthony Fiorillo
    signed via 2020-02-17 19:09:27 -0800
    My daughter goes to Encore school in riverside. She has attended it since 7th grade, but now the Riverside Unified School District is planning on not renewing their charter.

    My daughter loves the school and and she never wants to miss. The students are free to express themselves and I do not worry about bully, violence or anything I would at a public high school.

    Encore is a great school for performing arts which are disappearing from school budgets, this would be a tremendous loss loss to a city that claims to be an arts city.
  • Aja Smith
    signed 2020-02-17 18:02:27 -0800
    Aja Smith
  • Johanna Hof
    signed 2020-02-17 09:04:05 -0800
    Johanna Hof
  • Shalina Fung
    @ShalinaFung tweeted link to this page. 2020-02-15 22:51:53 -0800
    I just signed the Petition for School Choice in California!
  • Linda Gevargis
    signed via 2020-02-15 08:25:27 -0800
  • Melissa Lihilihi
    signed 2020-02-14 12:09:35 -0800
  • Susan Rodriguez
    signed via 2020-02-14 11:47:24 -0800
    Susan Rodriguez
  • Cynthia Bailey
    signed 2020-02-13 22:50:57 -0800
  • Jim Meyer
    signed 2020-02-13 16:28:36 -0800
    School Choice is the most important initiative since prop 13.
  • Clotilde Labadie
    signed 2020-02-13 12:30:50 -0800
  • Stephany Soedjak
    signed 2020-02-12 08:26:40 -0800
  • Jill Davis
    signed 2020-02-11 12:58:29 -0800
    I am very happy to know about you. Maybe we could talk some time. I am an older married woman. … long time resident of Pasadena… homeowner…. and homeschooled my two children all the way through til college. I am very interested in helping our society to have education which promotes true liberty… not freedom as in anything goes. Laws of nature and nature׳s God. Pls contact me … maybe we can join forces!!!! Sincerely, Jill
  • George Tuliau
    signed 2020-02-11 10:55:13 -0800
  • Joanne Tuliau
    signed 2020-02-11 10:52:55 -0800
  • Ernesto Inoa
    signed 2020-02-11 10:50:06 -0800
  • Vanessa Mantuano
    signed 2020-02-11 10:38:13 -0800
  • Honeylyn Semana
    signed 2020-02-11 10:35:42 -0800
  • Michael C ruz
    signed 2020-02-11 10:23:54 -0800
  • Chris Weir
    signed 2020-02-11 10:21:10 -0800
  • Gloria  P. Habacon
    signed 2020-02-11 10:17:02 -0800
  • Albert Ribisi
    signed via 2020-02-11 08:43:43 -0800
    Really want my grandkids to have a proper education. Competition in the education arena will produce better products and spark innovation.
  • The I.E. Noesis
    @ienoesis tweeted link to this page. 2020-02-10 12:44:27 -0800
    I just signed the Petition for School Choice in California!
  • Keith Vaughn
    signed 2020-02-10 12:44:10 -0800
  • Brad Chang
    signed 2020-02-09 23:09:32 -0800
  • Erin Meleen
    signed 2020-02-09 18:18:37 -0800
  • Lindia Rivera
    signed 2020-02-09 18:12:45 -0800
  • Katia
    @KatiaKatiaseren tweeted link to this page. 2020-02-09 18:10:31 -0800
    I just signed the Petition for School Choice in California!
  • Katia Lackey
    signed 2020-02-09 18:10:07 -0800
  • Melisa James
    signed 2020-02-09 18:09:31 -0800