Schools and Communities First

Schools and communities first petition drive


SIGN THE PLEDGE - vote YES on Schools and Communities First in 2020!

In 2020 voters have an opportunity to do something BIG. We can reverse decades of disinvestment in communities. We can restore funding for our schools, first responders, healthcare, and vital services. We can stop big corporations from cheating our communities.

Together we can make our voices heard for Schools & Communities First, our November 2020 ballot measure that will reclaim $11 billion every year for our schools and local communities by ensuring that corporations and wealthy property owners pay their fair share.

2020 is a critical year for our communities, California will have 2 important state and national elections, so we’re asking you to make one commitment today and sign our pledge!

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Recent Accomplishments

Schools and Communities First reached another historic milestone in our fight to shape a new legacy for California. The Secretary of State announced that the Schools and Communities First initiative has qualified for the November 2020 ballot - making it the first commercial property tax reform initiative to qualify for the ballot since the passage of Prop 13 in 1978.

Sign this! Teachers and students need your voice right now! Sign the petition to call on Governor Newsom to support the historic Schools and Communities First 2020 initiative which would bring $11 billion to our schools and local communities.

Our moment is now. Help us make history and reclaim over $11 billion for schools and local communities. Find out more about getting involved with our campaign.

Because of your support our powerful coalition has accomplished what many thought was impossible. Over 90 organizations and thousands of volunteers helped collect over 850,000 signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot. Schools and Communities First has secured 300 endorsements - including the California State PTA, California Association of Nonprofits, the California Association of Retired Americans, the San Francisco Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the United Teachers of Los Angeles, the California Federation of Teachers, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Oakland City Council and the Los Angeles Unified School Board — along with dozens of local elected officials. Together, we are building a movement that unites all of California around a bold solution to expand equity, justice and shared prosperity.

Schools & Communities First has collected enough signatures to qualify our initiative for the 2020 ballot!

On Tuesday, August 14th at 10 am, five simultaneous press conferences across the state will be held to announce the submission of over 850,000 signatures to the 58 county registrars. Read our press release!

This will be the first commercial property tax reform initiative to qualify for the ballot in 40 years since Prop 13 passed in 1978.

When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 10 AM


  •     Los Angeles - Manual Arts Senior High School, 4131 Vermont Avenue
  •     Berkeley - South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street 
  •     San Diego - Monroe Clarke Middle School, 4398 Thorne Street 
Fresno - Gaston Middle School, 1100 E Church Ave.
  •     San Bernardino - Center For Youth & Community Development, 1180 W. 9th St.

Come join in the celebration, and invite others to join you!


Californians deserve world class schools and universities; quality healthcare, safe neighborhoods, and affordable homes.  That is what our taxes should pay for. It’s past time to close this loophole and stop letting big business rob our schools and local communities, impoverish future generations, and endanger California’s economic future. The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 is the responsible, fair, and long overdue tax system to ensure California can thrive; now and in the future.

The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 will create a “split roll”; non-residential, non-agricultural commercial property will be reassessed on a regular basis. This will lead to an estimated increase in property tax of over $11 billion per year -- revenue that will go directly to schools and local governments.

What's new?

View our recent webinar briefing on our efforts to reform Prop 13.

Where can I get more info?

Read our FAQ and find out more from our campaign!

Our broad grassroots coalition, including PICO California, California Calls, Advancement Project California and Evolve California, announced the filing of a ballot initiative to fund California schools by closing the Corporate Property Tax Loophole in Proposition 13 while continuing to guarantee protections for homeowners, residential renters, agricultural land, and small businesses. Through filing this initiative the coalition is beginning to take the necessary steps for a possible 2020 ballot initiative.

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