By James Andrew LaSpina
Follows California's efforts at reforming the general public college method from 1983 to the current.
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Extra resources for California in a Time of Excellence: School Reform at the Crossroads of the American Dream
As recounted in William Muir’s (1982) richly informative study of the California Legislature, Hart observed, “I’m looking forward to it [appropriations] because I’m really fascinated how the whole thing fits together; . . ” Muir goes on to say that Hart “had found that he could fit all the pieces of his knowledge together into a pattern: energy, tort, crimes, health, [and] education” (1982, 33). But after Proposition 13 passed the following year, Hart, like Honig, saw that the emerging pattern for education was redrawing the lines of power back to Sacramento.
But in reality it was the same struggle. Cheney and Bennett understood this struggle. Their political endeavor to gain control of this national narrative was reinforced by one of Ronald Reagan’s more amiable talents, which was his remarkable propensity for story telling. Reagan had perfected what the political scientist Roger M. ” However, one Republican predecessor of Governor Reagan had a different idea about how that story should be told. In order to understand how the later generation of California school reformers sought to transform the “common culture” of A Nation at Risk, that difference is crucial.
Here Honig was a valuable ally. Like Hart, Honig was equally strong in the belief that SB 813 would not be successful unless there was a trade-off between Republicans and Democrats. Hart wanted to have more money for the schools above COLA (cost-of-living adjustment) and growth. Republicans, though, did not want to spend more money but wanted to see changes. A tentative consensus was reached. More money meant more accountability, seeing change meant measuring it dollar by dollar. But this fragile consensus did not hold, for the Democratic notion of reform was based upon the principle of public investment—that you cannot have substantial reform without adequate funding.