I wonder if Gov. George Deukmejian read the article by Ben Wasserman, "Slow Starter Makes Point About College" (Other Views, June 26) before he axed $73 million from the budget submitted by the Legislature. If he had, perhaps he might not have been so ruthless with that blue pencil of his.
The community colleges have served a vital function in the role of providing post-secondary education to students from a multitude of backgrounds.
If we heed the protests of UCLA seniors reported by David Savage in The Times on May 23, we will acknowledge the fact that four-year institutions such as UCLA, whose main purpose is that of a research facility, do not offer their undergraduates classes taught by experienced faculty in the majority of courses. A lecture hall with 300 students and a television monitor or teaching assistant cannot compare with a dedicated, experienced professional with a class of 30 to 40 students.
The governor is breaking the backs of the community colleges in this state. If he thinks mismanagement at local district levels is a problem, then he should require those districts to be reviewed by a management evaluation team, have their findings made public and take the appropriate action.