Santa Monica College Community Comes Together To Support Prop 30

Thursday, 4 Oct 2012, 1:31:00 AM

Mitch James

The Santa Monica College community has come together to support Proposition 30, the initiative on the November ballot that will help avoid severe cuts to all segments of public education, including K-12 and community colleges.

Each constituency group has endorsed Proposition 30- include the Associated Students, the SMC Faculty Association, SMC Managers Association, the California School Employees Association, and the Academic Senate, and the Board of Trustees.

Passage of Prop 30 is crucial to avoid cuts to Santa Monica College, which according the school’s budget committee and Board of Trustees, will cut $7.8 million from the school’s budget and force the elimination of 500 class sections from the spring 2013 schedule.

“Prop 30 must pass, or it will mean thousands of students will not get the classes they need to transfer, or they will be shut out completely,” said Faculty Association president, Mitra Moassessi.

Proposition 30 would provide $6 billion in funding for California’s education system through a temporary combination of sales tax and income tax increases.

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