In a crowded field of 17 propositions on the statewide ballot
November 8, voters clearly saw the value of publicly funded
education and passed CFT’s top priority, Proposition 55,
with an impressive 24-point margin.
In a crowded field of 17 propositions on the statewide ballot,
voters clearly saw the value of publicly funded education and
passed CFT’s top priority, Proposition 55, with an impressive
Prop 55 will ensure continued funding for schools and community
colleges at the rate of roughly $8 billion a year by maintaining
the existing income tax on the wealthiest Californians through
2030. Victory on Prop 55 was critical, and now districts and
unions will be able to determine spending without the fear of
layoffs, program cuts or eliminations, or student fee increases.
The election is just a couple days away, and we want to share
with you the outstanding work that CFT members, leaders, and
staff have done to ensure victory for Prop 55, Kamala Harris,
Hillary Clinton, and dozens of CFT’s state and local priorities.
In Orange County today, Andrew Tonkovich was dressed up as Uncle
Sam, complete with pasted-on white beard. He clutched a thick
sheaf of Prop 55 flyers in his hand, just a few steps away from a
table with more literature, buttons, posters, voter registration
forms, and an urn of free coffee, which he explained was to
“stimulate” conversation about Prop 55.
Supporters of Proposition 55, including educators, elected
officials, parents and other community representatives, held a
press conference in front of Hamilton High School in Los Angeles
on August 15, kicking off the local campaign for the ballot
initiative that will protect schools and students from losing up
to $4 billion per year.
On May 11, in front of Sacramento’s California Middle School,
leaders and members of unions and community groups stood before a
large group of reporters and announced that the coalition they
belonged to had just turned in more than a million signatures to
place the “California Children’s Education and Health Care
Protection Act” (now Proposition 55) on the November state