School Choice 2020 movement working toward a California ballot initiative

By Michael Hernandez

 

School Choice 2020 is a grassroots movement that proposes an amendment to the California State Constitution which will establish an Education Saving Account for every California student (K-12) as developed by California State Senator John Moorlach (R-37th district in Orange County) in Senate Bill 1344 (introduced on Feb. 16, 2018) which did not pass thru committee.

The proposed ballot initiative which needs to be approved by California voters states:

  • Each year the State will deposit into that account a sum equal to the average amount spent by the State on each school age child (at least $12,000).
  • This money can be used to attend a school chosen by the parents. The child can remain at the current public school or attend an accredited charter, private or parochial school.
  • Any money not used for tuition may be accumulated and used for other qualified educational expenses and/or saved and used for college and/or post-high school vocational training.

“We can’t think about taking our country back until we first take back the minds, hearts and souls of our children and get them out of the hands of the government,” said Mike Alexander, President of the School Choice 2020 movement and host of Radio Free LA (870 AM Sunday nights from 8-9:30 p.m.). “If we start this fight, people across the country will help us.”  According to Alexander, a Pasadena resident and an attorney by training who works with his wife in a private trust management group, voters most likely will not see a ballot initiative until 2022. 

“This is the perfect time for school choice events,” said Denise Soto, an internal medicine physician and a School Choice volunteer from La Canada.  “What we see in government schools is terrifying.  I am appalled with what is happening with education.  Common Core plus sex ed is social engineering.  I pulled my kids out of public schools in 2012. Public schools are now obsolete.”

A School Choice 2020 pamphlet states:  “California will spend $80 billion this year on public education, yet our schools consistently rank among the nation’s worst (now 48th).

Radical social ideas are being forced on our kids.  Students are trapped by their zip code in schools that are not safe and failing.  Most parents cannot afford higher performing private education.”

School Choice 2020 organizers are looking for financial contributions and individuals who are willing to host an informational event.  For more information go to:  SchoolChoice2020.org or call (626) 792-1772.

 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He has worked 25 years as a middle school teacher.   Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].


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