Pop Quiz on Prop. 38—One More Time

California PTA president provides information about Proposition 38.

If you are like most Californians, you know our schools are in trouble.

And you care deeply about YOUR local school...

But you have not had enough time to study the initiatives.

Here is a chance to learn more about Proposition 38—so that when you enter the voting booth, it does not feel like that dreaded pop quiz.

The California State PTA helped write and is supporting Proposition 38 to restore the programs and services that have been cut at all our local schools.


Let’s start.   (Don’t miss the question for extra points at the end!)

Here is the title of Proposition 38


Read the following quotes in italics from the Independent Legislative Analyst and then see if you can answer the quiz.

“Fiscal Effect

Around $10 Billion of Additional Annual State Revenues. In the initial years—beginning in 2013–14—the annual amount of additional state revenues raised would be around $10 billion. …The total revenues generated would tend to grow over time.

Distributes School Funds Through Three Grant Programs.

Proposition 38 requires that CETF school funds be allocated as follows:

Educational Program Grants (70 Percent of Funds). The largest share of funds—70 percent of all CETF school funding—would be distributed based on the number of students at each school. …Educational program grants could be spent on a broad range of activities, including instruction, school support staff (such as counselors and librarians), and parent engagement.

Low-Income Student Grants (18 Percent of Funds). The measure requires that 18 percent of CETF school funds be allocated at one statewide rate based on the number of low-income students (defined as the number of students eligible for free school meals) enrolled in each school. As with the educational program grants, low-income student grants could be spent on a broad range of educational activities. 

Training, Technology, and Teaching Materials Grants (12 Percent of Funds). The remaining 12 percent of funds would be allocated at one statewide rate based on the number of students at each school. The funds could be used only for training school staff and purchasing up-to-date technology and teaching materials.


  1. Does Proposition 38 raise about $ 10 billion per year?
  2. Does Proposition 38 require the funds to be spent at each school based on the number of students?
  3. Does Proposition 38 provide extra funding for low-income students at their school?
  4. Does Proposition 38 help teachers with training, technology and teaching materials?


Yes to all questions


How much money will your local school receive?

Click here to find out:  www.prop38forlocalschools.org/restore.

Now that you’ve taken the quiz, check back again to learn more about Prop 38.

Carol Kocivar is the president of the California Parent Teacher Association.

Carolyn October 28, 2012 at 06:57 PM
What is your evidence that our schools are a mess? We have an API score of 920/1000. That's a very high score. Quite the opposite of a mess!
Carolyn October 28, 2012 at 07:09 PM
If Prop. 30 fails, there will be an immediate trigger cut of $6 billion dollars. We are just asking the public to decide between draconian spending cuts or raising revenues. We will abide by that decision. If we cut education by $6 billion more dollars than has already been cut during the past 5 years, I hope that people won't blame the teachers for the education system's failures. As all of you "privatization business" people know, you get what you pay for. We can only do so much when we have huge class sizes, limited supplies, and failing infrastructure. We have been trying our hardest to "take one for the team" (cutting our salaries, raising our insurance costs, paying for all of our own supplies, rising tuition costs for our own children, cutting aides and paraprofessionals), but we can't continue to provide everything to every family and student without support. Remember WE are not to blame for the pension issues you hear about. We pay and our districts pay into our own pensions and we only receive an average of $48,000 a year in pensions after working our whole lives in education. I personally will only receive 1,800 a month in pension after I retire, which is only 21,600 a year. I don't collect social security either when I retire, even though I paid into it for 15 years, so that 21,600 a year is my living wage for my retirement. I'm desperately trying to pay off my house and car bill before I retire so I can live on that 21,600 a year.
Kevin Clark November 03, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I hope prop 30 and 38 fail and 32 passes. I cannot remember one election in 40 years where the "educators" or "schools" were not screaming "save the children" while thier union didn't stuff its pockets with cash (taxes)! There were bond measures, there was the lottery, your side said it will get us to the promised land, then what happens? next election same old thing. Who is responsible for the pension issues? Your union is and most other public employee unions. Example: the new superintendant of schools for the Murrietia will receive 171,000.00 a year salary with most ihealth benefits paid with tax money so add approximately 10,000. 180,000.00 a year. His "post work salary" (pension, retirement what ever you want to call it) will be approximately 136,000 a year for LIFE. If he keeps collecting and doesn't work what is his "salary" really?This after paying little into the system. Ridiculous. Unforntunately, your own team is killing your message. We have 225,000 "retired" public employees in ca. who have paid little to nothing towards it. This is where prop 30 is going for sure. I have freinds who are teachers and do feel bad for your situation, you obviously do your best and care about your students, unforntunately the tail is wagging the dog when it comes to unions. They control you, you don't control it. It's really the teachers (union) and other unions that won't re-negociate existing contracts, they would rather let children suffer letting class sizes grow.
Carolyn November 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
The "union" doesn't make any money on these propositions. We don't have "pension issues" in education. We are self-funded, we invest our money in the private sector, and we are not covered by social security. As for the superintendent's salary, please compare his salary and benefits to a CEO of a major corporation who is in charge of thousands of employees and a huge budget. Are you upset about the $9,000,000 a year salaries of the CEOs of major corporations while they screw you and continue to make huge profits year after year? No, somehow they "deserve" their salaries because they "earned it". Superintendents should get paid for the education and experience that they have, as well as the number of employees and size of budget that they oversee. Their salaries are MUCH lower than commensurate CEOs in the private sector. And as for getting us to the "promised land", taxpayers asked for accountability for teachers. You asked for us to reach the magical number of a perfect 1000 for an API. Most of our schools are above 900...well withing the "A" range! We will never get to PERFECT because some kids don't show up to school and some kids can't speak English and some kids are born with learning disabilities, but we have worked our tails off to achieve your magical "promised land". Students all over the world come to our schools of higher learning because they are the best in the world. We train the doctors, lawyers, politicians, CEOs of the world.
Sunshine November 05, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Yes but there is no money for supplies , improving computer labs and other essential items for our kids education.


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