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.
The California Community College System hopes changing the name of a free tuition program will get more eligible students to take advantage of it.
The Sacramento area unemployment rate increased last month. July's jobless rate was 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent in June. Analysts with the state Employment Development Department attribute the increase to seasonal cutbacks at schools.
Some Folsom High School students are planning to launch a high-altitude, helium-filled balloon into the path of the solar eclipse next Monday. The balloon will have four cameras on it.
A new state law that kicked in last summer requires shots for public school children. Some families are still adjusting to the law.
UPDATE, July 12, 4:27 p.m.: A bill that would have allowed California school districts to add another year of probation to teachers before extending tenure will not become law this year.