ERIC Number: ED469656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Proposition 98 & California Community Colleges: A History of Broken Promises.
This article analyzes the outcomes of the implementation of California's Proposition 98, the "Classroom Instructional Accountability and Improvement Act of 1988." The Act was meant to guarantee a minimum level of funding for the state's K-12 schools and community colleges. The latest data, however, reveal that Prop 98 has under-funded California community colleges by $2.7 billion over the last 10 years. With the passage of Proposition 13, local tax funding for K-12 schools dried up, so money intended for community colleges has been shifted to the K-12 area through a yearly legislative suspension of the code that requires that 10.93% of Prop 98 funding go to community colleges. This approach creates a combative relationship between the two school systems in the budget planning process. This report compares California's state funding of community colleges to that of other states: Maine's, at number one in the nation, spends $13,292 per FTE student, the national average is $6,300, and California, at number 41, spends $4,017 per FTE student. The state's community colleges operate at about 65% of the funding of California's K-12. The California State universities are funded at $10,822 per FTE student, while the University of California is funded at $25,554 per FTE student. Offers suggestions for solutions. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Contra Costa Coll., San Pablo, CA.