Californians are expressing a long-lost sentiment: optimism. A new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California found growing support for Gov. Brown, for his education finance proposal and for making it easier for local communities to pass parcel taxes to help fund their schools. Even support for the Legislature has climbed out of the dregs.
Californians and their Government found that more than two-thirds of adults – 69 percent – approve of the governor’s overall budget proposal, including 51 percent of registered Republicans. Support for his plan to overhaul education funding is higher; 75 percent of those polled favor his proposal for a local control funding formula with additional money going to schools serving large numbers of English learners and low-income students. Details of the proposal, showing how individual school districts would be affected by the new system, aren’t yet available.