Despite decades of work, public education has not met the needs of California students. Nearly half of California students are unable to read at grade level. About two in every three students cannot read or do math at grade level. Bold action is needed to ensure that every student has access to a high-quality public education.
A coalition of parents, teachers, civil rights leaders, community advocates and business leaders have put forth a ballot measure that would amend the California Constitution to establish high-quality public education as a civil right for all students. The coalition has filed the proposition with the state Attorney General to place the proposition on the November ballot in 2022.
With your support, this initiative would appear on California’s November 2022 statewide ballot and win — ensuring that a quality public education is a constitutional civil right.
State of Public Education in California
Parents, teachers and education leaders have been working for decades to improve public education for students across California, but progress has been stymied by laws and policies that don’t prioritize the needs and interests of students. In order to overcome these obstacles, a coalition of parents and education leaders have spent the last year working on a ballot measure that would amend the California Constitution to establish quality public education as a civil right for all students.
Amendment to California Constitution
The ballot measure would amend the California Constitution by adding a section to the California Constitution to ensure:
All public-school students will have the right to a high-quality public education that provides them with the skills necessary to participate fully in our economy, our democracy and our society.
The right to a high-quality public education will not be taken away by any state or local law, regulation, policy, or official action.
Any law, regulation, policy, or official action on public education that does not prioritize the interests of students will be violating this right.
The right to a high-quality education will not create new mandates for additional spending. It will only eliminate laws, regulations, policies or official actions that don’t prioritize students.
All public school students attending any public preschool, kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school will have the right to a high-quality public education.
It provides public school parents with the legal standing needed to challenge education laws and policies that do not put the interests of students first.
If Californians vote to pass this ballot measure, there would be a profound impact on public education. The constitutional right to a high-quality public education would create opportunities to bring about systemic changes that benefit students. The new constitutional right would prioritize students by allowing parents, civil rights groups, and advocates to challenge laws and policies, including:
Budgets that support a bloated bureaucracy, rather than kids in classrooms
Budget policies that lead to inequitable funding for schools and large class sizes
Policies that lead to schools serving low income children having fewer academic opportunities than schools serving more affluent communities
School or district boundaries that segregate students and hurt communities
Laws or policies that make it harder to operate high-quality schools
Status and Process
Ballot measure was filed with CA Attorney General.
CA Attorney General will provide Title and Summary by December 14.
Coalition to gather signatures by April 2022 deadline to get on the ballot.
Parents, teachers, civil rights leaders, community advocates, and business leaders played a key role in crafting the language that would enshrine the constitutional right to a high-quality education. As we reopen our schools and send our children back into the classroom, we face a stark choice: rebuild the status quo or reimagine public education for the children of today and tomorrow. Now is the time to translate “kids first” from a soundbite into a civil right.
Join our movement for a high-quality public education!
Already, a sizable majority of voters in 2022 would vote in favor of amending the state constitution to ensure that “All public school students shall have the right to a high-quality public education that provides them with the skills necessary to participate fully in the economy, our democracy, and our society.”
Thanks for supporting the coalition!