How Lottery Money for Disks and Video Tapes Could Help California’s Community Colleges

California’s community colleges may be more than $1 billion dollars poorer next year, but $81 million that could save some classes from being cut are locked up in antiquated legal language, preventing colleges from tapping into desperately needed funds.

At issue is a batch of dollars reserved for “video disks, compact disks, optical disks, video and audiotapes” — cutting-edge technology in 2000 when Proposition 20 said a portion of the state’s lottery revenue has to go to instructional materials for community colleges and K-12 schools. The law’s language was last updated in 2011.

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