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 for School Choice in California

The California School Choice Foundation

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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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  • Mike Cont
    signed 2020-06-04 09:13:24 -0700
  • Ernest Arnold
    signed 2020-06-03 14:39:42 -0700
  • Karina Leon
    signed 2020-05-31 12:28:00 -0700
  • Rachel Eugley
    signed via 2020-05-28 14:50:32 -0700
  • Deborah Holley
    signed 2020-05-27 20:27:52 -0700
  • John Moore
    signed 2020-05-27 14:16:43 -0700
    I like the idea of an independent alternative for our current K-12 education which is costing a fortune ($80Billion/yr K-16) and rated at 45th to 49th worst in the nation.

    Presently Home Schools are achieving the highest grades of all alternate K-12 school options (Charter Schools, Magnet Schools, Private, Private Religious and Home Schools) in California. I am not sure how the funding will operate since there is no fixed amount charged by Home Schools which are primarily the parents of the Students.

    I am worried that Home Schools will be left out. I am also concerned that State Accreditation will be modified to eliminate or control Religious Private and Home Schools or even eliminate them from the Public Funded Educational Accounts.

    In particular I am concerned that the failed curriculum now used in K-12, such as Agenda 21, will be forced on Charter,Religious and Home Schools. There must be solid protections for the curriculum now in place for Religious, Private and Home School alternatives.

    It is always good for the spenders of public funds to have some investment in the expenditures, this could apply to K-12 alternatives too.

    Our current Public K-12 schools are severely deficient in US History, US Constitution, Civics, Geography, Math and Science. Instead a great deal of effort is spent on political indoctrination that is contrary to all the things that have made the US successful. WE must have clear safeguards against this intrusion into all the alternate school choices.
  • Larry Sand
    signed 2020-05-26 15:58:45 -0700
  • Dale Broome
    signed 2020-05-24 16:22:10 -0700
  • Helen Petrosyan
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  • Helen Petrosyan
    signed 2020-05-20 13:18:14 -0700
  • Isabel Gonzalez
    signed 2020-05-12 15:26:19 -0700
  • Ron Robinson
    published this page in Action Pages 2020-05-06 17:23:20 -0700
  • Sterling Contreras
    signed 2020-04-30 09:54:21 -0700
  • Ron Robinson
    signed 2020-03-19 09:24:17 -0700
    Hey, I’m glad I signed. This is from the dev site.