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Report 94-7: Will the "Three Strikes" of (1) Escalating Prison Costs, (2) An Inflexible State Budget, and (3) Frozen State Revenues Strike Down Your Children's College Chances? A Message to Every Californian from Warren Halsey Fox, Executive Director, California Postsecondary Education Commission

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

April 1994

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In this statement, Warren Halsey Fox -- the executive director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission -- explains why recent State legislation on "Three Strikes and You're Out" will have a particularly detrimental impact on student access to California's colleges and universities.
He says, "Clearly, the State must combat crime. But the State should not finance its war on crime by slashing its support for students." He offers several suggestions for ensuring funds for both prisons and education, but he warns, "unless we undertake the difficult task of reforming the State's financing and budgeting processes, and thereby pay for prisons without short-changing students, `Three Strikes and You're Out' will forfeit our children's future and that of the State of California."

Dr. Fox presented this statement as part of his report as executive director to the Commission at its meeting of April 18, 1994. Like other publications of the California Postsecondary Education Commission, this statement is not copyrighted. It may be reproduced in the public interest, but proper attribution is requested to Dr. Fox as its author and to Report 94-7 of the Postsecondary Education Commission as its publication citation.

Related Topics: Budgeting and Financing of Higher Education | Commission Operations

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