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 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.
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