PROPOSITION 88: A SMART INVESTMENT FOR
OUR SCHOOLS, OUR STUDENTS, AND CALIFORNIA’S
• Students in one-third of California classrooms don’t have
a textbook to take home—and many don’t even have a
textbook to use in class.
• Teachers are paying for school materials out of their own
• Too many California classrooms are still overcrowded.
• Prop. 88 will help California graduate the skilled,
educated workforce that is critical to a healthy business
environment and our state’s economic prosperity.
PROP. 88: LOCAL CONTROL OF DOLLARS FOR
The education needs of communities and schools are not all
the same. Prop. 88 provides needed funding directly to local
schools and school districts so that they, not the Legislature,
decide where to spend the funds.
Prop. 88 will provide dedicated funding to:
• Reduce class size so students get more individualized
• Provide textbooks and other learning materials, so teachers
don’t have to pay for these fundamental necessities out of
their own pockets
• Make schools safer for students and teachers and help
stop campus violence and gangs
PROP. 88: A PRUDENT AND FAIR INVESTMENT
Prop. 88 will put over $500 million a year directly into
our local schools through a nominal (about 14¢ per day/$50
per year) property parcel assessment. Funds from Prop. 88
will be used to invest in our teachers and students, providing
local schools with needed resources, like textbooks,
computers, and other materials. TEACHERS SHOULDN’T
HAVE TO DIP INTO THEIR OWN POCKETS TO PAY
FOR CLASSROOM MATERIALS.
To protect those on fixed incomes, PROP. 88 EXEMPTS SENIOR AND DISABLED HOMEOWNERS [SECTION
PROP. 88: STRICT ACCOUNTABILITY AND ANNUAL
Funds from Prop. 88 are prohibited from being used for
administrative overhead and the Legislature cannot redirect the
money to other programs [Section 6.2].
To ensure that funds go to classrooms and student learning,
Prop. 88 requires annual independent audits [Section 6.2.(5)c]
and penalties for misuse.
With Prop. 88, we know exactly where the money goes and
we can make sure it is spent wisely.
PROP. 88: THE NEXT STEP IN IMPROVING OUR
K–12 EDUCATION SYSTEM
Taxpayers have invested in our school system by approving
local and state bonds to build new classrooms and remodel out-
of-date facilities. But bonds don’t pay for teachers, textbooks, or
other learning materials and supplies. Prop. 88 puts funds in our
classrooms and allows local educators to use the funds where
they are most needed.
PROP. 88: A VOTE FOR TEACHERS AND OUR KIDS
Teachers have one of the most important jobs. Yet their jobs
are made difficult because of overcrowded classrooms and
a lack of basic supplies. YES on Prop. 88 will help provide
teachers the resources they need to teach our children and give
children the attention they need and deserve.
READ PROP. 88 FOR YOURSELF. IT’S A SMALL
INVESTMENT NOW THAT CAN MAKE A BIG
DIFFERENCE FOR OUR FUTURE.
Vote YES on 88: More Textbooks and Learning Materials,
Smaller Classes, and Safer Schools!
REED HASTINGS, Past President
California State Board of Education
JACK O’CONNELL, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
|REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR
OF PROPOSITION 88
The California Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) says
“NO on Proposition 88.”
Would the PTA say “No on 88” if it helped our kids’
Proposition 88 is tricky and misleading. There is NOT
ONE WORD in Proposition 88 about helping teachers who
And, 88 gives the impression all funds will go to
classrooms. Nonsense! Proposition 88 creates layers of
costly new bureaucracies and expands old bureaucracies—for a program which forever bans Proposition 88’s facilities
grants to more than 95% of our kids’ schools!
This whole new kind of parcel property tax would be
collected from 10 million property owners by 58 county tax
collectors—with new special exemptions.
Then your money goes to the State Legislature, which
decides who gets your tax money. (Proposition 88—Section 6.2[d])
Then 1000+ school districts collect new data from 9300+
Then Proposition 88 requires analysis from a new
“integrated longitudinal teacher and student data system as
defined by the Legislature.” (Section 6.2 [b] )
County Treasurer Paul McDonnell says: “Proposition 88
is a costly administrative nightmare, creating new layers of
Proposition 88 creates a whole new kind of property tax,
needing only a majority vote to pass, opening the floodgates to
new parcel property tax propositions. A tax with no termination
date—it lasts forever. All so fewer than 5% of our kids’ schools
can ask the State Legislature for a facilities grant?
Our kids, our schools, and our taxpayers deserve better.
Parents, Teachers, and Taxpayers agree
. . . NO on 88!
CLIFFORD CORIGLIANO, SR., Teacher of the Year, 2003
ART PEDROZA, Member
California and American Federations of Teachers, AFL-CIO
LORIE McCANN, Parent-Teachers Association Local President
All Californians want better schools, but the promoters of
Proposition 88 have taken the wrong approach. Concerned
teachers and parents have joined with taxpayer groups and
small business organizations to oppose Proposition 88.
• Proposition 88 does nothing to assure that funds raised in
your community are spent on your schools. Proposition
88 lets the State Legislature give your tax money to any
school district in the state.
• Proposition 88 creates a whole new kind of statewide
property tax. Currently, all property taxes are collected
locally and are used for local services, such as improving
your local schools, reducing traffic congestion, improving
health care, and increasing firefighting, paramedic, and law
enforcement capabilities. The Prop. 88 property parcel tax
goes to the State first.
• Proposition 88 would impose the first statewide property
tax since 1910 and would encourage other special interests
to pass more and bigger property parcel taxes for their self
• Opening the door to the new property parcel tax could lead
to huge new property taxes, contrary to the clear intent
of Proposition 13 to limit property taxes. We could see
owners of small homes or mom-and-pop stores taxed out
of their homes and shops.
• This new tax is never ending; we will pay it forever,
whether it does anything to help schools or not!
• Proposition 88 gives Sacramento politicians increased
power to decide where and how to spend your money.
• Proposition 88 uses a loophole to get around the two-thirds vote requirement in Proposition 13 to increase
taxes. Proposition 13 requires a two-thirds voter approval
to impose a local property parcel tax. Proposition 88
would impose a new statewide property parcel tax with
only a simple majority vote. As a result, it is much easier to impose new statewide parcel taxes than a local parcel
tax. This is another good reason to stop statewide property
parcel taxes now before we are flooded with property
parcel tax propositions.
People concerned about our kids and schools say:
“As a public school teacher, nothing is more important to
me than the quality of our schools. Proposition 88 is poorly
drafted, it will result in tax money raised in our community
being spent by the State Legislature anywhere in the state.”
—Lillian T. Perry, Middle School Teacher
Teacher of the Year 2002
“We are the parents of two children in public schools
and are active in our PTA. We are very concerned about the
impact of Proposition 88 on our local schools and are voting
—Paul and Susanna Fong
El Dorado Hills
“Most of the school teachers I know are voting No on
Proposition 88. It’s bad for our schools and bad for our
—Kate McGowan-Otto, 4th Grade Teacher
Winner, Honorary Service Award, 2005
Proposition 88 doesn’t solve problems; it creates new
ones. That’s why Parents and Teachers agree with Taxpayers
and Small Business Owners. Vote NO on Proposition 88.
For more information visit: www.noprop88.com.
DR. TOM BOGETICH, Executive Director
California State Board of Education (Ret.)
JON COUPAL, President
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
JOEL FOX, President
Small Business Action Committee
|REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST
Please read Proposition 88 for yourself. It’s a modest
investment to help ensure students have updated textbooks,
smaller classes, and safer campuses.
• Ensure that teachers won’t have to pay for classroom
learning materials out of their own pocket.
Two ultra conservative special interest groups are
opposing this measure, just like they’ve opposed other efforts
to improve public education in our state. They have never
proposed a solution to fix our schools. Instead, they hide
behind a smokescreen of distortions and will say anything to
stop Prop. 88.
But don’t just take our word for it. READ 88 FOR
YOURSELF. Then please join teachers, parents, businesses,
and taxpayers around the state in voting YES on 88.
Prop. 88 will:
• Protect students from gangs and violence on our school
• Reduce class sizes so students can get the attention they
• Keep the funds out of the hands of Sacramento politicians
to ensure that EVERY DOLLAR goes to our local schools
and that EVERY COMMUNITY BENEFITS.
• Provide taxpayers and businesses an even stake in
improving our schools.
• Require the most strict accountability requirements and
standards ever proposed to make sure the funds don’t get
• Protect the most vulnerable by exempting seniors and
• Ensure that homeowners are still protected from higher
taxes due to increased property values.
Yes on Prop. 88—It’s a small investment with big
returns—smaller classes, new textbooks, and more learning
SHELBI WILSON, California Teacher of
the Year, 2006
RUSSELL “RUSTY” HAMMER, Former Chamber of
Local PTA President