Prop 30 success: Students relieved2 min read

Jannelle Garcia

The passing of Prop 30 left some De Anza students with the feelings of relief and happiness, while others were oblivious about this proposition and how it directly affected them.
Proposition 30 is an initiated constitutional amendment that was created by California Gov. Jerry Brown, and approved on the Nov. 6 ballot.  
Community colleges across the state had a lot at stake if the “No’s” on Prop 30 outweighed the “Yes”.  
Eleven percent of tax revenues from Prop. 30 will go towards funding community colleges, and if 30 failed , a trigger cut of $6 billion would have gone into effect immediately.
Jamileh Darbaandi, a 20-year-old undeclared major, expressed her relief about Prop. 30 passing, and said that if it didn’t pass, she felt it would have added more stress.
“It would have been harder on the students,” she said.
Darbaandi said if funds were cut from higher education, the competition to be accepted into the UC’s and CSU’s would be raised higher, and students would feel even more pressure and stress because their chances of being accepted into four-year universities would be cut down.
Collin Haworth a 19-year-old undeclared major, was happy at the passing of Prop. 30 and said it showed that voters wanted the best for students and their education.
“It’s nice to know that the people still care about us students who are dealing with issues like less classes, less teachers, and less resources,” he said.  
“By voting ‘Yes’ on 30, people are telling us that they want us to have the best education we can get.”
If Prop 30 failed to pass, Haworth said he would have an “uncomfortable feeling” for the future of higher education in California.
Muhammad Mccabea, a 27- year-old  history major said he would have been angry and disappointed at the public if Prop 30 did not pass.
“It would just show that the rich people in this state are being selfish and don’t care about us students who are struggling to get a good education,” he said.
In spite of the multi-million dollar stakes for De Anza’s budget, and despite the huge amount of advertising for Prop. 30 across campus, many students were oblivious to the affect this Proposition would have on them.  
Several students admitted that they didn’t know enough about the proposition to give an opinion about it, and said they didn’t vote on it.
If Prop 30 had failed De Anza would have faced $5.4 million worth of cuts.
The college’s planning and budget committee had been working on proposals for how to make the cuts mid-year f necessary.
Since Prop 30 passed, the college will be spared mid-year cuts, but still must cut up to $2.8 million from its budget.
The cuts will come from program elimination and layoffs in the area of instuction, student services and finance.