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.
In 1998, Proposition 227 essentially ended bilingual instruction
in California schools. It forced English learners into one year
of “sheltered English immersion,” hindering their ability to
learn academic English and achieve at grade level. Many continued
in those classes or were then placed in regular classrooms to
sink or swim. The CFT strongly opposed Proposition 227.