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Deciphering Prop. 30 vs. 38

Baffled by the two ballot initiatives seeking to send billions of dollars to public schools? EdSource's new infographic makes it all clear. Which proposition do you support, if any?

Ever since Hiram Johnson and his fellow Progressives made ballot initiatives part of California's political landscape 100 years ago, the state’s voters have been obliged to grasp some fairly slippery policy issues before casting their votes.

Propositions 30 and 38 on the November ballot both seek to send more money to the state’s public schools, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. For typical voters, even those who care deeply about public education, deciphering the long-term consequences of the measures could require hours sifting through the arcana of school finance.  

Fortunately, the folks at EdSource did the hard work for us. They’ve prepared an infographic to explain the two propositions in a clear and illustrative format.

Voters seeking more info on the initiatives can visit the Official Voter Information Guide, as well as analyses from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the California Budget Project, the League of Women Voters, and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. They can also go to the official campaign websites of Prop. 30 and Prop. 38.

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