Vote YES Nov. 2, 1993
The California Teachers Association (CTA), and the National Education Association (NEA) claim that our public schools will lose 1.3 billion dollars, even if no child exits public school for private school.
The facts - Proposition 98 which we as Californians previously voted on and approved guarantees the current minimum funding levels. Therefore, when a child enters the public school system, the school receives the funding for one more child. If the
public school system loses a child to the private schools, the school loses the funding for that child only. That’s the way the system currently works, and that’s the way the system will work if the initiative passes.
The CTA/NEA claims the Choice in Education Initiative will destroy California’s public schools.
The facts - Where similar programs have been implemented, they have had minimal effect on the public schools. Vermont has had a program that uses “taxpayer funds” for private education since 1869, and has the fourth ranked schools in the nation. With
California fourth graders ranked as the worst readers in the U.S., how much worse can our schools get? The Choice In Education Initiative will force public schools to compete for your education dollars, therefore guaranteeing a better product; a better
education for your children.
The CTA/NEA claims the Choice In Education Initiative violates the Constitutional separation of church and state.
The facts - Choice In Education has been tested constitutionally with great success in four states; Minnesota, New York (East Harlem), Wiscosin (Milwaukee), and Indiana (Indianapolis). Other programs that use public funds for private education (to
include religious schools) are, the G.I. Bill, the Head Start Program and California Grants.
The CTA/NEA claims the Choice in Education Initiative creates a two tiered education system that discriminates against the poor and middle class.
The facts - It gives the poor and middle class the opportunities in education previously only available to the wealthy (like Chelsea Clinton and the children of 40% of the teachers in the LA Unified School District).
We’ve had promises of education reform for 23 years. The education system in California has no accountability, fiscally or educationally. Proposition 174 would provide accountability through the free market system. Poor performing schools would lose
students, good schools would gain students. The Choice in Education Initiative provides a built-in penalty for poor performance.
By DOUGLAS A. BRYCE
Candidate, Governing Board Member, Saugus Union School District
Los Angeles County, CA
F.E.C. ID #C00278333