Voters’ Opinions on Educational Equity Initiatives in California
We use data from the 2020 PACE/USC Rossier annual voter poll to report on California voters’ attitudes towards educational equity policy initiatives, specifically: (a) increasing the number of public school teachers of color in California and (b) requiring all high school students in California to complete an ethnic studies course. A majority of voters supported these initiatives. Respondents showed higher levels of support for increasing the number of teachers of color when informed about the positive academic impact this would likely have for students of color. Support varied depending on voters’ race/ethnicity and political party. White respondents were less likely to support the initiatives as compared to African American and Latinx respondents; Republicans were less likely to show support as compared to Democrats and Independents.