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EDUCATION. PARENTAL CHOICE. SCHOLARSHIPS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Amends California Constitution to empower parents to choose a child's school. Requires State to provide a scholarship for every school-age child equal to at least 50 percent of prior fiscal year per pupil State and local government spending for K-12 education. Scholarship may be redeemed by public or private schools, under specified conditions. Requires Legislature to establish procedures whereby public school may become an independent scholarship-redeeming school. Authorizes required academic testing. Limits new regulation of private and scholarship-redeeming public schools. Scholarship expenditures and specified savings count toward education's existing constitutional minimum funding guarantee. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: The measure's fiscal effects are largely unknown. It would have two primary effects. The provisions related to scholarships, open enrollment, and testing could result in State costs or savings, potentially in excess of $1 billion. School districts could incur costs due to the open enrollment and testing provisions potentially in excess of tens of millions of dollars.
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Education. Parental Choice. Scholarships. California Initiative 558 (1991).