By Erika Aguilar |Staff Writer|
Six out of eighteen California propositions are due to affect the community, students, and schools near San Bernardino in the upcoming November election.
Proposition (Prop.) 51 relates to providing bonds for schools.
It would allow California to borrow $9 billion in bonds and thus the money would go to K-12 public schools and community colleges for improvement in overall education, according to BALLOTPEDIA.
If successfully passed schools will benefit greatly from this proposition because it will improve education by focusing on construction projects and will expand community colleges allowing more students to attend.
Classes would be reduced, allowing teachers to focus on the individual needs of student, providing a better learning environment for them.
A no means it will oppose the $9 billion that will go towards schools and community colleges for improvement.
This propositon would stop legislators from providing fair funding for schools and will result in wealthier districts receiving more funding by leaving behind other schools according to Official Voter Information Guide.
Prop. 55 calls for an increase on the extension of income tax increase on high taxpayers that would start in 2018 and end in 2030 to fund education and healthcare programs.
If passed, K-12 public schools and community colleges would reap benefits and improvements regarding funds for their schools and creating new educational programs that will help students in their learning.
A no means that there would be no funding for creating healthcare programs to help low-income individuals or extra school funding.
Prop. 56 deals with the tobacco tax increase by two dollars a pack, as well as other products containing nicotine, according to BALLOTPEDIA.
The revenue from the tax would be used for tobacco-use prevention, Medi-Cal, cancer, heart/lung research and school programs which would provide information to reduce its use.
A yes vote means that the tax on cigarettes would increase from 87 cents to $2.87, according to the Official Voter Information Guide.
A no vote means there would be no changes made and the tax would remain 87 cents for all tobacco products and would spend too much money enforcing the tax.
Prop. 58 relates to elementary students being taught in non-English languages in public education. As of now, the state law limits the use of bilingual educational programs by requiring schools to teach only in English.
A yes would repeal that requirement and allow schools to use bilingual programs, in which teachers who speak both their native language and English can assist the English learners in learning the language faster according to BALLOTPEDIA.
School districts would have to provide an effective plan for teaching English to students by creating immersion programs and thus encouraging both teachers/parents to offer input on their student’s progress.
A no vote would prohibit non-English languages from being used in school which means that students would be surrounded by students who already speak English and wouldn’t allow them to learn the language faster.
If passed, there would be new requirements for selling or buying ammunition such as obtaining a permit before purchasing ammunition.
This would eliminate several exemptions to the large-capacity magazines ban and increase the punishment for having them.
A no would mean easy access to ammunition which could possibly contribute to an increase in violence.
Prop. 64 seeks to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes and creating two new taxes.
As of now, the use of marijuana for recreational purposes is illegal.
This proposition would legalize recreational marijuana in California state law for adults aged 21 and older along with certain restrictions.
Businesses may sell marijuana, but would be required to obtain a state/local license and would not be permitted to sell near a school, day care center or youth center, according to BALLOTPEDIA.
A creation of two taxes; a levy on cultivation and another one on retail price.
Revenue from these taxes would be spent on research, treatment, health and enforcement to address the use of marijuana.
A yes vote will support the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults aged 21 years or older and the establishment of new taxes.
A no vote would mean the growing and selling marijuana for non-medical purposes would remain illegal.
This would result in selling marijuana near schools and other centers which would affect the safety of students, parents and teachers.