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School Voucher Initiative

CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1993 | MARTIN MILLER
Most of the candidates campaigning for four seats on the Orange Unified School District Board of Trustees have declared their opposition to Proposition 174, the school voucher initiative on the November ballot. At the district's first candidates' forum last week, seven of the 10 school board candidates criticized the controversial initiative, saying it would harm the state's education system by increasing the gap between good and bad schools.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1993 | JON NALICK
The Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees has reaffirmed its opposition to the school voucher initiative, saying it would have a "potentially ruinous and chaotic effect" on public education statewide. Two new trustees have joined the board since a similar resolution was approved more than a year ago. The unanimous vote to condemn the initiative reaffirms the board's position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN
If the school voucher initiative passes, it will cost the Capistrano Unified School District between $7 million and $14 million a year, Supt. James A. Fleming told a gathering of PTA presidents and other community members last week. Using information from the California Senate Office of Education, the state controller, the legislative analyst and the district's budget office, Fleming predicted that 10.5% of the district's annual budget would be lost if the initiative passes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1993
The recent incident in which a 5-year-old boy was forgotten and left for over four hours in a Fullerton School District bus with the temperature exceeding 91 degrees is appalling and is yet another example of the lack of accountability of school district bureaucrats. Unfortunately, this was not an isolated event. It was only recently that the Orange Unified School District received certification from the California Highway Patrol that district school buses were safe. The district bus fleet had failed several previous inspections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1993
Voucher Initiative Needed As a public schoolteacher, I am fascinated by all the rhetoric surrounding the school voucher initiative. Everyone talks about it, but very few--especially teachers--have really read the initiative. It is actually the Parental Choice in Education Initiative. The state Legislature, the California Teachers Assn., the National Education Assn. and the American Civil Liberties Union have worked hard for many years to produce a school system in California that is unresponsive and even contemptuous of taxpayers and parents.
NEWS
October 14, 2000 | From Associated Press
Opposition to a hard-fought school voucher initiative on California's November ballot is growing, a poll released Friday shows. Proposition 38 would let parents use $4,000 in taxpayers' money to send their child to a private school. The Field Poll found that 52% of likely voters who were surveyed oppose Proposition 38, while 36% support it and 12% are undecided.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1993
The letters (June 27) supporting public over private schools and criticizing the school voucher initiative were based mainly on emotional rhetoric and limited personal experiences, rather than on a systematic examination of relative merits. Four years ago, when my son reached school age, I visited several public schools in Anaheim, Buena Park and Huntington Beach. I asked to see examples of the work an average student would submit after three years and at age 14. I was shocked.
NEWS
October 26, 1993 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Backers of the school voucher initiative continue to be vastly outspent by opponents, raising $1.3 million to the $4 million raised by foes during the four-week period ending Oct. 16, the latest campaign finance reports show. With the election a week from today, the combined fund-raising by proponents and opponents of Proposition 174 tops $18 million, making it the seventh most expensive initiative campaign in state history. Proposition 174's opponents have raised more than $14.
NEWS
September 24, 1993 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing alleged improprieties at public schools across California, including three in the San Fernando Valley, proponents of the school voucher initiative Thursday called on the state attorney general to investigate reports that public schoolteachers are campaigning against the measure during class time.
NEWS
February 21, 1992 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California Teachers Assn. members are trying to sabotage efforts to gather enough signatures to place a school voucher initiative on the November ballot, the president of the measure's sponsoring organization charged Thursday. David J. Harmer, president of the Excellence through Choice in Education League, said those who gather petition signatures "are being physically blocked by people who identify themselves as CTA members."
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