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ERIC Number: ED164054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec-1
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Is Thirteen a Lucky Number?: Finance and Control of California Community Colleges.
Schwartz, Audrey James
A survey by the Los Angeles Times indicated that only 18% of the 64% of the Californians who voted for Proposition 13 did so with the hope that expenditures for education would be reduced. However, because financial support for both kindergarten through twelfth grades and community colleges have come largely from local sources, these two segments of education were hit hard by the limitation of local revenue; harder than were the University of California State Universities and Colleges. Effects of Proposition 13 have been both positive and negative. Cutbacks necessitated administrative reorganization which has improved efficiency and effectiveness. On the other hand, enrollments for fall 1978 declined by about 6%, many programs were cut, and almost 5,000 instructors lost their jobs. One alternative is tuition, but the question arises as to which segments of the student population this would affect most in terms of continued enrollment. California public education must focus on long-range rather than short-term policies and come to grips with important issues of governance, financing, and program offerings. Problems will be greater in 1979-80 when colleges attempt to operate under another emergency bill funded from surplus state revenues. Unless the legislature is more generous, it is questionable whether or not all colleges can remain as "people's colleges" with a comprehensive mission. (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Proposition 13 (California 1978)
Note: Paper presented to the University of Southern California Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa (Los Angeles, California, December 1, 1978)