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12th Edition, November 2005 Special Election

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Proposition 74: Public School Teachers.  Waiting Period for Permanent Status.  Dismissal.  Initiative Statute. Failed


Increases length of time required before a teacher may become a permanent employee from two complete consecutive school years to five complete consecutive school years; measure applies to teachers whose probationary period commenced during or after the 2003-2004 fiscal year.  Authorizes school boards to dismiss a permanent teaching employee who receives two consecutive unsatisfactory performance evaluations. 

Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments:  Unknown impact on school district teacher salary costs as a result of changes in teacher tenure and dismissal practices.  Fiscal impacts could vary significantly district by district. Full Text of Proposition (PDF)

Official Campaign Web Sites and Contact Information

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments

    Yes on Proposition 74:

    No on Proposition 74:

Follow the Money

Detailed information about all contributors for and against Prop. 74 is available through Cal-Access, the Secretary of State's campaign finance website. For the most recent contributions, select a committee and click "Late and  $5000+ Contributions Received".

Major contributors supporting Prop. 74 as of October 22 include A. Jerrold Perenchio of Los Angeles, William A. Robinson of Rancho Mirage, John A. Gunn of Palo Alto and Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team of Sacramento.

Major contributors opposing Prop. 74 as of October 22 include Alliance for a Better California of Sacramento, Voter Registration 2006 of Sacramento, Marshall Wexler of Encino and the California Teachers Association/Issues PAC of Burlingame.

News Stories about the Initiatives

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The California Secretary of State publishes the Official Voter Information Guide with both a Quick Summary and Detailed Information about Proposition 74.

Other good nonpartisan resources include the League of Women Voters' brief Pro/Con Analysis and longer In-Depth Analysis, the McGeorge School of Law California Initiative Review, and the Easy Voter Guide and an analysis by the California Policy Institute.

Around the Capitol's Election Track featuring up-to-date campaign contribution data.

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