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Disappointment at college over the failure of Prop. 92

Jim Grant / Tribune file photo Julie Mathias registers for a culinary class at Lake Tahoe Community College last fall. Tuition could increase because of proposed cuts to education and the failure of Proposition 92.

Students, faculty and staff at Lake Tahoe Community College are disappointed with the failure of Proposition 92.

The proposition would have lowered tuition for community college students around the state and changed the way funds are allocated to the schools. The proposition failed, with 66 percent voting against it in El Dorado County.

“A lot of people who go to school have part-time jobs,” said LTCC sophomore Melissa Georgic. “Lowering tuition would help their living situation.”

Georgic said students can be stressed with paying bills every month, so every little bit helps.

LTCC freshman Sarah Rahbari said it’s easier for students to pay for classes and books when tuition is lower. Then saving money for a four-year university is easier.

The outcome wasn’t unexpected, said LTCC math instructor Larry Green. The wording of the proposition would’ve made it so tuition never could go up, even if the cost of living increases.

Green said he voted for the proposition, but he thinks it should be reworked so tuition would increase as the cost of living increases.

“The bond wasn’t perfect, but its heart was in the right place,” Green said.

Another reason the proposition failed could be because of current economic conditions, such as California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget cuts. When cuts are proposed, most people don’t think more items should be added to the budget. It was just bad timing, Green said.

Guy Lease, who retired as college president last year but still holds the post unofficially until his replacement is hired, said the failed proposition is just an opportunity the college didn’t receive.

“In effect, it leaves us where we were,” Lease said.

Even with the proposed cuts to education, he said the college can survive the cuts without layoffs or reducing academic programs and classes.

“We’re not going to stop anything we’re doing because of it,” said LTCC Vice President Lori Gaskin.

Gaskin said she’s disappointed the proposition failed because she wanted the college to receive stable funding.

Green said tuition could increase because of the economic conditions. This usually happens for two reasons: The state can gain revenue and decrease costs because fewer students enroll. If there are fewer students, then it costs less to run colleges.

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