A Costly Gamble or Serious Reform?
California's School Voucher Initiative—Proposition 38
California voters will decide whether to create a voucher program in which all families with school-age children could participate. If Proposition 38 is approved, parents could obtain a chit from the state worth $4,000 and move their child from their public school to a private school. This would significantly alter how all schools are financed throughout the state.
This policy brief speaks to six major questions:
- What are the key elements of Prop. 38?
- Does Prop. 38 differ much from the earlier voucher initiative considered by California voters in 1993?
- Which families would likely benefit from the voucher program envisioned in Prop. 38?
- How would Prop. 38 affect school spending—and taxpayers?
- Have voucher experiments raised achievement after children enter private and parochial schools?
- How sold are parents and voters on vouchers?
Suggested citationFuller, B., Huerta, L. A., Ruenzel, D. (2000, January). A costly gamble or serious reform? California's school voucher initiative—Proposition 38 [Report]. Policy Analysis for California Education. https://edpolicyinca.org/publications/costly-gamble-or-serious-reform