Petition for School Choice in California

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.

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  • Brooks Baumgard
    signed 2019-09-13 23:59:04 -0700
  • Andrew Cuneo
    signed 2019-09-13 09:17:04 -0700
  • Mr and Mrs H. Dorsett
    signed 2019-09-12 21:12:08 -0700
  • Marcelle King
    signed 2019-09-12 21:08:13 -0700
  • jeff beegle
    signed 2019-09-12 20:37:22 -0700
  • Debra Joslin
    signed 2019-09-12 19:38:39 -0700
  • Robert Green
    signed 2019-09-12 19:31:52 -0700
  • Anton Bruce
    signed 2019-09-12 19:21:01 -0700
    Anton Bruce
  • Annabelle Wilson
    signed 2019-09-12 19:13:53 -0700
  • Jose Hernandez
    signed 2019-09-12 18:35:34 -0700
  • Davina Keiser
    signed 2019-09-12 18:01:08 -0700
  • John Saggiani
    signed 2019-09-12 17:46:35 -0700
  • Robert Tormey
    signed 2019-09-12 17:44:48 -0700
    I worked my tail off as Inland Empire Chair of the 1993 effort collecting over 9000 signatures in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. not sure I could do that again today. but happy to sign.
  • cristina macias
    signed 2019-09-12 17:08:21 -0700
  • Charles Sayles
    signed 2019-09-12 16:53:02 -0700
    Charles Sayles
  • Mike Dunn
    signed 2019-09-12 16:16:02 -0700
    Mike Dunn, past president, Conejo Valley Unified School District. School Board member 2004-2018.
  • John McCarty
    signed 2019-09-12 16:07:53 -0700
  • Velvalee Reid
    signed 2019-09-12 16:07:09 -0700
  • Jennifer Underwood
    signed 2019-09-12 11:33:33 -0700
  • Maria De-Walker
    signed 2019-09-11 21:15:56 -0700
  • John Warman
    signed 2019-09-11 17:19:55 -0700
    John Warman
  • Brent Gold
    signed 2019-09-11 14:36:53 -0700
    Education without truth, wisdom, science, history, or morals, is tyranny, predation, and abuse. Our children need a true education — not dictatorial government indoctrination.
  • Sarah Mann
    signed 2019-09-11 12:27:14 -0700
  • stephanie summers
    signed 2019-09-11 10:12:27 -0700
  • Kimberly Givan
    signed 2019-09-11 09:58:37 -0700
    We desperately need this especially with the rise of online education.
  • Douglas Ross
    signed 2019-09-10 18:03:10 -0700
  • Corinne Otsuki
    signed 2019-09-08 21:37:23 -0700
    Corinne Otsuki
  • Marsa Mellem
    signed 2019-09-08 21:28:15 -0700
  • Susan Lundin
    signed 2019-09-08 21:27:15 -0700
    Great work!!!! Thank you!!
  • Susie Thompson
    signed 2019-09-08 21:25:47 -0700