Quote Originally Posted by mdohoney
My son's community college dismantled the darkroom behind the journalism lab: too pricey and not ventilated safely.
In the basic photo class I took there we scanned and manipulated negatives in a computer lab. We had to scrounge for our own cameras and film.
Is this a function of living in California?
I think so. I went through the public school system in so. Cal in the 70's That was back when the school system still had a little money. We still had to provide our own cameras although my school bought me plenty of Plus-X.

The school district where my children attend in the Tacoma, WA area is small but has a fair amount of grant money around. Fortunately for us, they spent some of it on Pentax K-1000's.