New Poll: Parents of K-12 Students Overwhelmingly Support Prop 15 and Prop 16


Parents of K-12 public school students in California overwhelmingly support Proposition 15 (77%) and Proposition 16 (66%), according to a new poll from The Education Trust – West.

Results show Equitable and Adequate Funding for Education are Top of Mind for CA Public School Parents


OAKLAND, Calif. – Parents of K-12 public school students in California overwhelmingly support Proposition 15 (77%) and Proposition 16 (66%), according to a new poll from The Education Trust – West.  The statewide poll of more than 800 parents was conducted by Global Strategy Group between Thursday, October 1 to Wednesday, October 8.

“Nobody understands better than parents that our future will be brightest if every child has an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams. The shadow of systemic racism follows students of color in California from before they ever set foot into a classroom through college and beyond. Proposition 16 is our chance to take action against discrimination and level the playing field for all students,” said Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Executive Director of The Education Trust – West.

“For too long, we have starved our public schools of the resources they need to support students — especially low-income students and students of color, ” Dr. Smith Arrillaga added. “By passing Proposition 15, we can close corporate tax loopholes to invest in public education just as we need it most.”

Proposition 15 will require large commercial and industrial property holders to pay property taxes based on current value. The resulting tax dollars would increase funding for K-12 public schools, community colleges and local governments. The tax increases would not apply to any residential or agricultural property or increase property taxes for small businesses with property valued at $3 million or lower.

Proposition 16 ends California’s ban on affirmative action, providing a new opportunity to address structural racism and its detrimental impact on students of color in California’s K-12 and higher education institutions. Proposition 16 will allow schools and districts to intentionally recruit and retain teachers of color and remove barriers to college access and success for underrepresented students of color through California’s public colleges and universities.


About The Education Trust-West

The Education Trust-West works for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college, in the state of California. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps.


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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.