What is the difference between propositions 30 and 38 on California voter ballots? The main difference is that proposition 30 benefits both grade school and colleges, and proposition 38 benefits grade school while threatening community colleges. Voting for both doesn't cut it because the one that gets the most votes wins.

Governor Brown’s Proposition 30 proposes benefiting California schools by means of seven years of 
increases for taxes on earnings for people who make over $250,000 annually. It also calls for increasing sales tax by $0.0025 for four years (1/4 of a penny). This is projected to make an extra $6 billion annually.

K-12 public schools in California have already experienced $20 billion of cuts in the past four years, which amounted to the state laying off 30,000 teachers. This was the most in the U.S. during that time-frame.

The official California voter guide says that, “Schools and community colleges could respond to this cut in various ways. Drawing down reserves, shortening the instructional year for schools, and reducing enrollment for community colleges.” Since the 2008-2009 academic year, community colleges have experienced a 17% drop in enrollment. If teachers continue to lose their jobs, the enrollment will continue to fall.

San Diego city college district is reporting that if proposition 30 does not pass, 700 classes will get cut district-wide. Los Angeles city college districts would also have to cut classes.

It doesn’t just affect community colleges. California State and University of California campuses will receive $125 million from the state if proposition 30 passes. This would lead the trustees to consider rescinding the proposed 9 percent tuition hike. CSU schools are holding off on admission decisions until after the election.

Los Angeles Times reported that prop 30 does a better job taking care of the schools than prop 38 does.http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/endorsements/la-ed-end-prop-30-prop38-20121002,0,2923644.story

The Community College Association is urging voters to vote no on prop 38 because the funding to community colleges is threatened by the bill. This is because if prop 38 is passed, the funding for prop 98 would be permanently suspended once the funds for K-12 education reach the national average. This means that the Cal-Grant program is threatened.http://archive.cta.org/HigherEducation/v36n1/article_3.htm

Molly Munger is the primary advocate of proposition 38. Prop 38 suggests a tax increase on earnings using a sliding scale for twelve years. This prop is estimated to raise an additional $10 billion annually.

Revenues go directly to the K-12 school systems and early childhood programs. In the case of prop 38, the money goes directly to the schools and allows that school’s administration decide what to spend the money on. 

Legislature does not touch the money allotted for prop 38, but each school district is held accountable for accomplishing their improvement goals. School districts are required to report how the money was spent and whether or not the goals were met.


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