IN LAST MONTH’s General Election, the CFT’s top priority – Proposition 55 – passed with a 24-point margin. Prop 55 will ensure continued funding to public education at the rate of roughly $8 billion a year by maintaining an existing income tax on the wealthiest Californians through 2030. A Prop 55 victory was critical to avert layoffs, program cuts or elimination, and increased student fees at community colleges.
Proposition 58 sailed to an even larger victory margin: 45 percentage points. This measure repeals 1998’s Proposition 227, which mandated English-only language education for most California students. With Prop 58’s overwhelming passage, parents and districts can work together to choose how to best teach English learners, whether in English-bilingual, or other types of programs.