It was as much a peace treaty as a plan, and it was built around a pledge: Every Californian would get a fair shot at a taxpayer-supported college education.

“It is the most significant step California has ever taken in planning for the education of our youth,” said Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, while signing the Master Plan for Higher Education on April 26, 1960.

Read the full opinion piece by Steve Wiegand in the Sacramento Bee.