It would raise an estimated $500 to $800 million every year for schools. That could help restore money that has been cut since 2009.
Local business owner, Steve Funk says he may be affected by the tax, but voters must consider the past cuts to education.
“Right now we are delivering less for our kids than we have for ourselves and we have to turn that around if this state is going to survive," says Funk.
Teachers complained about summer temperatures in classrooms that were above 90 degrees, 12-year-old science textbooks and high teacher-to-student ratios. Trade unions and MGM Resorts oppose the measure.
They say it will cost thousands of jobs.
There's a raging debate over how California reports schools’ test scores to parents and the public. Advocates for struggling students say a "growth model" — measuring how students perform over time — is key to closing the achievement gap.
An alternative learning program based in craftwork just graduated its first class. The school is one of the few services available to adults with intellectual disabilities who are out of high school, but not ready for college or work.
After charter school supporters poured money into the California governor's race to support a longtime ally who failed to advance, the school choice movement may face uncertainty in a state with some of the most robust charter school laws in the U.S.
Attending a university in California can be a financial burden beyond the means of many college hopefuls. Rising tuition is compounded by the lack of affordable housing in the state and the high cost of living.
Several state lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a plan to curb the University of California's power by limiting salaries and putting checks on the UC president's authority.