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State of California February 5, 2008 Election
Proposition 92
Community Colleges. Funding. Governance. Fees
State of California

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 3,468,943 / 42.7% Yes votes ...... 4,651,996 / 57.3% No votes

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Results as of Mar 3 2:23pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (23109/23109)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
  • Establishes in state constitution a system of independent public community college districts and Board of Governors.
  • Generally, requires minimum levels of state funding for school districts and community college districts to be calculated separately, using different criteria and separately appropriated.
  • Allocates 10.46 percent of current Proposition 98 school funding maintenance factor to community colleges.
  • Sets community college fees at $15/unit per semester; limits future fee increases.
  • Provides formula for allocation by Legislature to community college districts that would not otherwise receive general fund revenues through community college apportionment.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Increased state spending on K-14 education from 2007-08 through 2009-10 averaging about $300 million annually, with unknown impacts annually thereafter. Potential loss in community college student fee revenues of about $70 million annually.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
The existing formula that establishes a minimum funding level for K-12 schools and community colleges would be replaced with separate formulas for each system. Community college fees would be reduced from $20 per unit to $15 per unit, and various changes would be made to the state level community college governing board.

A NO vote on this measure means:
Existing laws regarding community college funding, fees, and governance would be unchanged.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 92:
Proposition 92 doesn't raise taxes. It lowers community college fees to $15 per unit, limits future fee increases, and stabilizes funding. When the Legislature doubled community college fees, 305,000 fewer Californians enrolled. Wages for students who earn a community college vocational degree jump from $25,600 to $47,571 in three years.

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Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 92:
92 isn't what it seems. It locks huge new spending into California's Constitution with no way to pay for it, which could result in new taxes or cuts to critical programs, including K-12 schools. It contains no accountability and no guarantee funds will reach college classrooms. No on 92.

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Contact FOR Proposition 92:
Scott Lay
Yes on Proposition 92
2017 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 444-8641

Contact AGAINST Proposition 92:
Californians for Fair Education Funding, No on Proposition 92
3001 Douglas Blvd. #225
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 218-6640

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