Educate Our State is a grassroots, parent-led organization educating and uniting Californians to advocate for
systemic change that will provide all students with a high-quality public education. Add your voice now!

Why your property taxes are not getting to your schools

2014 Initiative


Please go to for our 2014 Initiative Website

Over $7 billion dollars a year of local property taxes designated for local schools has been taken by the state to satisfy its obligations.  These are our local tax dollars apportioned to our neighborhood schools and community colleges -- and they are no longer a stable, reliable cash flow for local education.  And, in most counties, the taxpayers never know because it does not show up in county property tax reporting.

You can read our initiative here

Please email us here if you would like to get involved - we would love your engagement!

EOS filed this initiative to protect local school designated property taxes, and not allow them to be borrowed by the state.  We are near the bottom in per-pupil funding, and this tax grab adds insult to injury.  In addition, the California constitution expressly prohibits prioritizing other obligations before the education of children.  

Education is not even close to California's top priority.  We pay the price for that decision in so many ways - instead of an education with the promise of the opportunity of fulfilling work and the realization of their potential, too many of our children instead end up on the welfare rolls or in prison.  Is this the way to grow a bright future for our children and for California?

Our initative would STOP Sacramento from taking property tax revenues designated for local schools.

Ready to volunteer? Questions? It is going to be fun, challenging, AND exciting!  We would love you to join us on the ground floor.  Email us at  We welcome your questions and engagement!

This initiative will...

  • NOT raise taxes or fees!
  • Make sure money promised to schools, gets to schools!
  • Stabilize and protect public education funding!
  • Help the neediest schools the most!
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commented 2013-11-25 20:21:03 -0800
Stability and transparency….I am proud to support this initiative. I’m spreading the word. Thank You, Educate Our State, for taking the lead in making education funding the state’s priority!
commented 2013-11-22 16:49:15 -0800
My late mother in law was instrumental in passing Title 9. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with others throughout the State of California whom are as passionate about our children’s education and be part of this monumental initiative which will make history when passed!
commented 2013-11-21 21:07:59 -0800
I am so proud to a part of this! Let’s go California, help make education in our state better for now, and the future! Together, we can do this! Thank you Educate Our State for leading the way!
commented 2013-11-21 07:20:28 -0800
Let’s work together to make sure the funds promised to our students and teachers actually get to them!
commented 2013-11-21 06:59:14 -0800
Time for communities to take matters into their own hands. Let’s fix this mess and make a difference for kids. This initiative will start us on the road to transparent and stable school funding. I’m proud to be a part of this effort!
commented 2013-11-19 14:06:07 -0800
The victory of this Initiative will be quite a Milestone in CA history— I’m proud to be part of this effort to Educate Our State!