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California Passes Five Propositions that are Good for Kids

November 11, 2016


OAKLAND, Calif.— This week, California passed Propositions 51, 55, 56, 57 and 58, measures that will support kids in a variety of ways. Children Now President Ted Lempert issued the following statement:

“Children Now is grateful to California voters for passing these initiatives that will advance the needs of children in California. Proposition 51 will provide $9 billion in critical funding to improve public school facilities. Proposition 55 will ensure a continued revenue base from which to fund essential supports for children, including quality early childhood, education, child welfare and health programs. Proposition 56 will support expanding healthcare programs and tobacco use and prevention programs. Proposition 57 will ensure that we treat our young people as young people, and send fewer juveniles to adult prison where they have little access to education and rehabilitation. And finally, Proposition 58 will make sure that California’s teachers are permitted to teach English language learners using the most effective methods.

California voters have set an example for the country this week, and we are heartened.”

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About Children Now: Children Now is a nonpartisan umbrella research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health, education, and well-being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a grassroots network of more than 1,700 business, education, parent, civil rights, faith, and community-based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more at

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