Thursday, February 17, 2011
How Can the Governor Justify Funding Colleges with School Aid Fund?
This is a reasonable question. I have been investigating these funding issues for a long time as a concerned parent. I remember voting for Proposal A in the mid 1990's. I thought that K-12 education was secured with this vote. Apparently, there is a caveat to the Proposal A that is now being capitalized upon. Under the State's 1963 (most recent) constitution, a school aid (small letters) fund was established to provide funding for and to take care of the retirement for public schools, community colleges and universities. Although Proposal A addressed the funding of K-12 schools alone, because the consitution includes community colleges and universities, it allows this massive and drastic change in funding. I believe strongly and I hope you consider that this interpretation of the constitution and Proposal A does not address the intention of the voters who were supposing that their vote would support K-12 schools.