California Election Results: Education Edition

While it was very close to a clean sweep with almost every county rejecting every ballot measure to increase taxes rather than reduce spending; three counties, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz, did approve proposition 1B by a narrow margin. This proposition would have given the schools $9 billion in additional funding but would have only been enacted if proposition 1A passed. I’m suprised that voters in more counties did not approve this measure while rejecting the other measures, reading it as strictly more money for schools.

In other election news, the entire Groveland School board was recalled.

Voters in a small rural school district near Yosemite National Park voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to oust all five board members, according to unofficial returns, the first time in memory that an entire school board has been unseated.

“The community has given us a mandate,” said Gloria Marler, who won a seat on the board of the Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District. “I believe that mandate is to restore trust, restore integrity, be held accountable for our actions, follow the law and be completely transparent.”

The community ousted the school board for not reinstating a popular math teacher, who was accussed of plagiarism in a course at California State University Fresno and then later cleared of the charges. I’m suprised he was dismissed, since the Los Angeles Times has reported that only 33 teachers have been fired in California in the last five years.

Lisa Snell is the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.

Snell has frequently testified before the California State Legislature and numerous other state legislatures and government agencies. She has authored policy studies on school finance and weighted student funding, universal preschool, school violence, charter schools, and child advocacy centers.

Snell is a frequent contributor to Reason magazine, School Reform News and Privatization Watch. Her writing has also appeared in Education Week, Edutopia, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.

Ms. Snell is also an advisory board member to the National Quality Improvement Center for the Children's Bureau; is on the charter school accreditation team for the American Academy for Liberal Education; and serves as a board member for the California Virtual Academy.

Before joining Reason Foundation, Snell taught public speaking and argumentation courses at California State University, Fullerton. She earned a Master of Arts in communication from California State University, Fullerton.