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Elucidation and Amplification:

It has been suggested that the following paragraph, which appeared in a news story in last week’s Mirror, was misleading.

“A recent RAND Corporation study showed that education has categorically fallen behind police, fire, corrections and hospitals in state funding commitments in the last 25 years.”

To elucidate, at a recent RAND forum on the state of California’s schools, the author of the study, Stephen J. Carroll, said that Proposition 13 did not hit public safety as hard as it hit education, and then said, “We really care about police and fire protection. We rank fourth in the nation for police and fire expenditures, and eleventh on corrections spending, California citizens have chosen to make corrections, police and fire, hospitals and public welfare higher priorities than public education.”

Peggy Clifford, Editor

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