Proposition 30’s passage does not end school woes

Rebekka Wiedenmeyer
Staff Writer
The votes have been cast and the results have been determined. Some were to be expected, and some came as a surprise.
One of the more controversial results may come as a surprise to those at LPC.
The more popular Measure I fell shy of the required two-thirds majority vote, while the up-‘til- now unpopular Proposition 30 passed.
As a result, the cuts set to be made to the course schedule in the spring semester will be held off. But no new classes will be added.
How much money the school will receive from Proposition 30 to patch up the holes, however, is still up in the air.
“This is all theoretical,” Craig Kutil, Math Department Coordinator, said. “You base your schedule on what we’re supposed to get, and every time, there’s been some surprise and we’ve got hit really hard. That’s why we had to do some initial cuts again on top of the ones we just did. (The school) keeps getting less money than they assume.”
Classes from over 30 depart- ments that were highlighted to be canceled if Proposition 30 did not
pass will remain throughout the spring semester. If LPC does not receive its proper share of the propositional tax, however, the departments could be forced to reconsider.
The money generated by the tax amounts to $6 billion per year for seven years, 11 percent of which will be distributed among the California community college system. The remainder will go to K-12 schools.
“They’re always going to reevaluate things in January and February, and then they’ll go ‘Oh wait! Our prediction from way back when was wrong.’ They reevaluate and go ‘You’re going to get less.’ You’ve got to try and make that up,” Kutil said.
Making it up could result in the eventual cancellation of some classes, which is what Proposition 30 is supposed to prevent.
When asked whether or not it is a possibility that LPC will receive less money from the propositional tax than expected, Dianne Duffy, Math X instructional assistant, said, “Yes, especially if the same people are still in the same posi- tions.”
Proposition 30 is not a be-all and end-all solution. It is simply the Band-Aid to staunch the bleed- ing.


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