A slim majority of Californians favor enacting Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot initiative that would raise taxes in order to avoid further spending reductions in education and public safety, according to results from a new Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)/USC Rossier School of Education Poll released today. But the arguments against the initiative carry much greater weight with voters, imperiling the initiative’s chances of passage when Californians cast their ballots less than three months from now.
PACE and USC Rossier Polls
PACE and USC Rossier plan to conduct several polls each year, examining how the public perceives the broad “condition of education” as well as addressing specialized topics. In our August 2012 poll, for example, we focused on two policy areas – (i) the use of technology in schools and (ii) career and technical education. In our April 2012 poll we focused on teacher issues and Governor Brown’s proposal for a weighted pupil funding system.
Taken together, our April and August PACE/USC Rossier Polls present a clear and in some ways encouraging picture. Californians appear have come on their own to many of the same conclusions as the ‘Getting Down to Facts’ study about the most important steps necessary to improve the state's public schools. For now, though, they remain skeptical that the changes they would like to see can in fact be accomplished. We hope that our new polling data will inform policy discussions in Sacramento and help to move California’s schools and students closer to the high expectations that voters hold for them.
Californians strongly believe local school districts should hold more control over how money is spent in public schools, and a majority favor higher spending in poor districts even if it means shifting money away from their own communities, according to results from a new PACE/USC Rossier School of Education online poll released Thursday.