SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS. NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Authorizes Legislature to provide that textbooks available to pupils attending public schools may be loaned on library-type basis to pupils entitled to attend public schools but who attend nonpublic schools which do not exclude pupils from enrollment because of race or color. Specifies that authorizing a textbook loan program shall not be construed as authorizing provision of instructional materials other than textbooks; that appropriations for the textbook loan program shall not be made from funds budgeted for support of public schools; and that so providing textbooks is not an appropriation for school support. Summary of Legislative Analyst's estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact: No impact until implemented by legislation. When implemented, state annual costs could exceed $4 million for a program similar to that in 1980-81 in grades kindergarten-8 and an additional $1 million annually in grades 9-12. Also unknown state and local administrative costs.
Legislative Vote Results
Assembly - Ayes, 59; Noes, 16 -- Senate - Ayes, 29; Noes, 6
Popular Vote Results
Y: 2810191; A: 38.9; N: 4411672; B: 61.1
Senate Constitutional Amendment
Alan Robbins, San Fernando Valley State Senator, 20th District; Virgil S. Hollis, County Superintendent of Schools; Karen Anne Fitzsimmons, Cochairperson, Californians for Equal Textbook Rights
Herschel Rosenthal, Member of the Assembly, 45th District; Chris Adams, President, California State PTA; Edgar Koons, Pastor, Hazel Avenue Baptist Church, Fair Oaks, California President, American Council of Christian Churches of California
Rebuttal Against Author
Alan Robbins, San Fernando Valley State Senator, 20th District; Virgil Hollis, County Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Edward B. (Ted) Cole, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Pomons Cochairman, Californians for Equal Textbook Rights
School Textbooks. Nonpublic Schools. California Proposition 9 (1982).