UPDATE: Please see this post with information on State PTA’s positions for all of the May 19th ballot measures.
The California State PTA Board of Managers voted at its March meeting to take Support positions on Propositions 1B and 1C, both of which will be appearing on a special statewide ballot on May 19th. They are conducting further study on Propositions 1A, 1D, and 1E, and may take positions on them at a later time.
Proposition 1B: “Education Funding. Payment Plan Legislative Constitutional Amendment.” would authorize the supplemental payments of $9.3 billion to K-14 education beginning in 2011/12. These payments would be paid in lieu of the amounts that might have been required for a maintenance factor in fiscal years 2007/08 and 2008/09 under Proposition 98.
Proposition 1C: “Lottery Modernization Act” would allow the state to borrow from Lottery profits. The measure makes major changes to the 1984 voter initiative that created the California Lottery. These changes could increase lottery ticket sales and allow the state to borrow $5 billion dollars; the state could also borrow more money from the lottery profits in future years. Under the measure, lottery profits now dedicated to schools and colleges would instead be used to pay back the borrowing. The measure would increase state payments to education from the General State fund to make up for the loss of these lottery payments.
State PTA will publish more details about these ballot measures and the rationales for PTA support in an upcoming Legislative Alert