“Children should not be required to pay the debts of the state. Schools should not be forced to give up their most stable source of funding, property taxes,” wrote Katherine Welch of Educate Our State in an email.
Backers of the initiative say that each year about $6 billion in local property taxes are diverted from schools by the state.
In San Francisco, the group says, that accounts for $4,100 per student.
The group is trying to raise $3 million to aid its effort to get enough signatures in order to put the initiative, the Protection of Local School Revenues Act of 2014, on the ballot this year.