Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature education initiative was touted as a new way to funnel billions more dollars to California schools, but Proposition 30, which passed earlier this month, isn’t quite that simple.

As I detailed in this pre-election explainer, the proposition does guarantee more money for education, but only about half of the money raised by new income and sales taxes actually goes to schools. And much of that new money could end up simply paying down old debts.

We took a look at Proposition 30 in last week’s edition of San Diego Explained. Spend two minutes to learn how the proposition works and why it’s not as straightforward as its backers would like you to believe.

Will Carless is an investigative reporter at Voice of San Diego currently focused on local education. You can reach him at or 619.550.5670.

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Will Carless

Will Carless was formerly the head of investigations at Voice of San Diego.

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