ERIC Number: ED170000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar-22
Reference Count: 0
Proposition 13--First Year Effects: An ACCT Special Report to Trustees and Chief Executives of California's Community Colleges.
Meardy, William H.
To assess the first year effects of Proposition 13, informal interviews and discussions were conducted with the college presidents and trustees at 37 California community colleges in January 1979. As a whole, the college boards were committed to carrying out the mandate of Proposition 13, though there seemed to be a struggle as to who would control the community colleges--the governor, the legislature, or the Board of Governors. There was 75% agreement that local control was dead. The general public did not see that the Proposition had caused many problems, had affected numerous programs, and had resulted in retrenchment. Retrenchment strategies that were indeed utilized by the colleges included: (1) reduction in hourly/part-time certified instructors; (2) layoffs of classified personnel; (3) community services placed on a "pay as you go" basis; (4) elimination of or class reductions in summer school; (5) trustee, administration, and faculty travel budget reductions; (6) elimination of capital construction projects; (7) curtailment of plant maintenance; and (8) cutbacks of from 20% to 80% in library book acquisitions. Other conditions related to the law include the declining enrollment rate and unionization in about 33% of the colleges which was associated with low faculty morale and low threshold credibility between management and faculty. (MB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Community Coll. Trustees, Annandale, VA.
Identifiers: California; Proposition 13 (California 1978)