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Proposition 38 a voter-initiative constitutional amendment on the ballot last November had as its main purpose the providing of scholarships or vouchers to all school-age children whose parents chose to send them to a private school Proposition 38 Text of Proposed Law 71 This was not however the only effect which it would have had The amendment would also have restricted the governments authority to place new regulations on private schools or to put health and safety or zoning and building restrictions on private schools Proposition 38 Text of Proposed Law 72 Prop 38 would also have required private schools to administer the same standardized tests given at public schools and release the scores Proposition 38 Text of Proposed Law 72 Finally prop 38 provided for a future change in public school funding requirements Proposition 38 Text of Proposed Law 71 The vouchers would not have been of a set value but would probably have fluctuated in value over the years They would have been worth either 4000 half of the national average of per-pupil spending or half of the state average spending per pupil whichever was highest Proposition 38 Text of Proposed Law 71 Because current national and state average spending per pupil is less than 8000 per year in the beginning the vouchers would most likely have been for 4000 Arguments in Favor of Proposition 38 36 Because the spending on voucher students would almost surely have been less than spending on public school students the state would save money for every pupil who left public school because of the availability of vouchers But because the state currently spends nothing at all on private school students prop 38 would eventually have cost the state at least 4000 annually for every student who would have chosen to attend a private school even if there were no vouchers Because it is impossible to predict how many students would switch to private schools because of the
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