Tuesday was a big day for voters, and not just in the general election.
With one eye on the country's next president, voters in several states were also casting their ballots for strong local issues -- namely, how their schools are funded.
Education funding fell in more than half the states this year, and 35 are still spending at levels lower than before the recession, after adjusting for inflation.
On ballots in states from California to Florida were largely measures to funnel more resources into schools. Missouri, for one, rejected an increase on tobacco products, which would have generated hundreds of millions in added revenue for the state's schools. At the same time, the state has cut per-student spending by $41 since last year, according to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
California's Proposition 30 passed with about 54 percent of the vote, keeping intact Gov. Jerry Brown's fiscal year 2013 budget and saving the state's schools from a detrimental $4.8 billion cut from school funding.
Below, a look at how other states voted Tuesday on their respective education funding measures.
FAILED Ballot measure: Proposition 204 Voters rejected a push to give a major boost to K-12 funding through a $0.01 permanent sales tax increase. The move would have added $625 million annually to public schools, but critics said the measure would have hurt the state's businesses.
PASSED Ballot measure: Proposition 30 A huge turnout of youth voters allowed the passage of Prop 30, which will raise income taxes on the wealthiest citizens in California and temporarily increase the state sales tax by a quarter of a cent to fund K-12 schools, community colleges and state universities. The measure is expected to raise more than $6 billion in revenue.
FAILED Ballot measure: Proposition 38 Voters defeated Prop 38 in favor of Prop 30. Prop 38, championed by millionaire civil rights attorney Molly Munger, would have increased state income taxes for all Californians over 12 years. Revenue for the program -- - at an estimated $10 billion annually for the first years of the program -- would have gone directly go to K-12 schools and early education programs.
FAILED Ballot measure: Amendment 3 Voters rejected the measure that would set a state revenue limit each year based on a formula that considers population growth and inflation, instead of using the current method of calculating the revenue limit based on personal income. Under current law, Amendment 3 would have required the state, upon exceeding the revenue limit, to deposit the excess revenue into the Budget Stabilization Fund. If the reserve fund were to exceed its cap, the excess money would be deposited into a fund that supports public education, a change from current law.
FAILED Ballot measure: Amendment 8 Voters failed to show majority support for Amendment 8, which would have repealed a public funding ban for religious groups, including parochial schools. Statewide teacher's union Florida Education Association opposed the measure, which they say would have opened the door for voucher programs to pull state funding from public schools to private, parochial schools.
FAILED Ballot measure: Proposition B State voters narrowly rejected a proposed increase in the state's tax on tobacco products. The measure would have increased the per-pack tax on cigarettes by between $0.73 and $1.47, as well as increases on smokeless tobacco products. If passed, it would have generated an estimated $283 million to $423 million annually, half of which would have been directed toward K-12 education.
PASSED Ballot measure: Measure 85 Voters approved of a measure that would redirect corporate "kicker" checks to a special state fund for public schools. Kicker checks are issued when income tax collections exceed state revenue projections by more than 2 percent. Those refunds average about $120 million every two years.