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.
A few school police departments in California have acquired military armored vehicles, rifles and grenade launchers. That's spawned a new bill in the state Legislature. The bill faces its first committee vote Wednesday.
California schools can start administering the state’s new standardized tests to students. The new math and English language tests use computers and open-ended critical thinking questions – rather than the old “Scantron” bubble multiple-choice tests.
Thousands of juvenile salmon are now swimming down the Sacramento River. They're twice as big as other salmon hatched at the same time after spending the last month hanging out in a Yolo County rice field.
A shortage of teachers in Washoe County has forced the school district to fill vacant positions with more substitute teachers. That is reducing the pool of available substitutes for short-term assignments.
University of California students are getting at least a temporary reprieve from tuition increases scheduled to take effect in the coming academic year.