Proposition Summary

Preschool Education. Tax on Incomes Over $400,000 for Individuals; $800,000 for Couples. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. • Establishes a right to voluntary preschool for all four-year old children. • Funded by a 1.7% tax on individual incomes above $400,000; $800,000 for couples. • Administered by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction and county school superintendents. • Directs counties to prepare reports on curricula, outreach, facilities, childcare coordination, budgeting, teacher recruitment and pay. • Limits administrative expenses; requires program audits. • Requires state Superintendent to develop a preschool teaching credential with financial aid for credential students. • Excludes revenue from appropriation limits, Proposition 98 calculations. Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • Increased state revenues of about $2.1 billion in 2007–08, growing annually with the economy to around $2.6 billion in 2010–11, when the preschool program would be open to all 4-year olds in the state. • Revenues would be used solely for new state preschool program and would be spent to run the program, pay for facilities, train teachers, and provide an operating reserve

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Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

For Author

BARBARA E. KERR, President, California Teachers Association; STEVE KRULL, President, California Police Chiefs Association; EDWARD CONDON, Executive Director, California Head Start Association

Against Author

DR. TOM BOGETICH, Retired Executive Director, California State Board of Education; PAMELA ZELL RIGG, President, California Montessori Council; PATRICIA ARMANINI, Third Grade Teacher, San Rafael

Rebuttal Author

LARRY MCCARTHY, President, California Taxpayers' Association; THOMAS L. SIPES, Director, Montessori Schools of Petaluma; CHRIS SIMMONS, 2003 Teacher of the Year, Glendale Unified School District