Voters opt to energize schools

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For students and professors working in deteriorating facilities and studying in classrooms filled to the brim with students, the passing of Proposition 1A can spell relief for education.

With 40 percent of precincts reporting at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, 60 percent of California voters supported the proposition.

The $9.2 billion bond issue will provide funding that will pay for repairs to older structures, the construction of new classrooms to alleviate overcrowding, and for wiring and cabling for new education technology.

The California State University system is set to gain $832 million from Proposition 1A.

The proposition has been hailed by educators who see a desperate need for money to raise the quality of education in California.

G. Nanjundappa, a CSUF sociology professor and president of the California Faculty Association, Fullerton chapter, pointed out the need for money to upgrade facilities.

“There are so many different maintenance problems in schools, we need to make them safe,” Nanjundappa said.

Dave Keeler, an Anaheim resident who was at the Democratic party at the Disneyland Hotel Tuesday night, said in support of the proposition: “I consider education the foundation for our society.”

Some of the opposition for Proposition 1A has surrounded the possibility of raised taxes for the next couple of years to pay for the bonds. Keeler responded by stating, “I can't think of a better use for taxes than on education.”

With 60 percent of California's schools being more than 30 years old, the passing of Proposition 1A has been seen by supporters as a welcome relief to an ailing education system.

“If you look at the studies of California schools in the nation, it's way on the bottom,” said Johnny Gonzales, an Orange County resident. “The other issue concerning education was Prop. 8, and I don't think that was gonna do it.”

The money from Proposition 1A will bring funding to various areas of CSUF. According to Owen Holmes, associate director of governmental and community relations at CSUF, approximately $19.3 million will be given to the campus for construction of a new physical education building.

Other funding will go to projects like the seismic upgrading of Langsdorf Hall, improvements to CSUF's telecommunications infrastructure, and the construction of a new auditorium and fine arts instructional facility.

While most people had specific reasons for voting yes on Proposition 1A, others just followed the orders of others. Russ Jobim, an Orange County resident said he voted yes simply “because my wife told me to.”

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