In addition, there was unprecedented demand for classes due to the recession and widespread unemployment, said board President Karen Schwarz. At one point, she noted, there were more than 13,000 students on wait lists for classes.
"The parcel tax — the first ever for a community college district in California — allowed our colleges to offer hundreds of classes to tens of thousands of students who otherwise wouldn't have been served," Ms. Schwarz said.
Since then, she said, the district's fiscal situation has "stabilized and improved," owing to a stronger economy.
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