Many voters across the nation approved or rejected ballot initiatives that directly involved education issues. Here is a scorecard of some of the key votes on issues involving education:
In the Classroom: California passed Proposition 58, which will allow non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction. Oregon approved the Outdoor School Lottery Fund Initiative, which supports outdoor school programs – focusing on: the environment, natural resources and economic development. Louisiana defeated an amendment that would have allowed college boards to establish tuition and fee amounts with legislative approval.
Funding: Maine approved an increase tax on household income exceeding $200,000 per year, which revenue will go to fund public education. California passed Proposition 51, allowing the state to issue $9 billion in bonds to fund improvement and construction for K-12 school facilitates, as well as community colleges. Oklahoma defeated a one percent sales tax that would have generated an estimated amount of $615 million per year for education funding. Oregon approved an initiative to fund drop-out prevention and career and college readiness programs in Oregon high schools. Alaska defeated a proposal that would have allowed state debt to be contracted for postsecondary student loans.
Charter Schools: Massachusetts voted to maintain their current charter school cap, rejecting an initiative to authorize up to 12 new charter schools, or enrollment expansions, in existing charter schools per year.
Governance: South Dakota approved the South Dakota Governing Technical Educational Institutes Amendment, which will allow the state legislature to run technical schools, instead of being run by local school boards. Georgia voted against an amendment that would have had the state create an Opportunity School District that would govern certain elementary and secondary schools that were deemed failing.
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