Prop 55 will be on the November 2016 ballot and essentially extends the temporary tax increases that California voters approved in 2012 as the state was just coming out of a deep recession.
"California public school funding was cut to the bone during the last recession and school funding is just now starting to come back to levels that are needed," said Micah Ali, CUSD Board Vice President.
Prop 55 will maintain the tax rates on the wealthiest Californians, for single persons making more than $250,000 per year and for household incomes that exceed $500,000 annually. In addition to continuing to fund education, Prop 55 will also fund additional health care programs for low income students.
It's estimated if Prop 55 doesn't pass, California schools will lose $4 billion in funding.
"If we are going to sustain and accelerate our turnaround in the Compton schools, it will continue to take resources," said Ali. "It makes no sense to turn back now which is why the Board has endorsed Prop 55.”