CCA sets budget principles
California’s community colleges are set to reap the benefit of the Prop. 30 tax increase as well as a much-improved economic climate if Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal is any indicator.
Something for everyone
“The governor’s budget begins to move us in the right direction after years of hardship. There is something for everyone in his proposal,” said Brad Reynolds, CCA Vice President and Chair of the CCA Legislation and Political Action Committee.
The governor’s budget increases funding for California community colleges by 11.4 percent in 2014-15. The governor proposes to focus largely on expanding access in districts with the greatest need in providing basic skills and remedial education, workforce development and training, and preparing students to transfer to four year universities.
The governor reiterated his commitment toward continued funding throughout 2015-16 for the regional adult education consortia that are being coordinated between the K-14 systems.
Noting that numerous categorical programs are not well-coordinated, the governor proposed to allow districts to be able to relocate up to 25 percent of the EOPS, CalWORKS, and Basic Skills categoricals for other federal, state or local support programs to support underrepresented student groups.
CCA’s budget principles this year, set at State Council, include more funding for part-time compensation and counselors.
Key budget highlights include:
- $ 1.1 million non-Prop. 98 General Funds provided for nine positions in the Chancellor’s office to develop indicators and monitor student success;
- $2.5 million Prop. 98 General Funds provided for local technical assistance to support the implementation of effective practices across districts for underperforming students;
- $200 million Prop. 98 General Funds provided to improve and expand student success programs and to strengthen efforts in assisting underrepresented students;
- $100 million will be used to increase orientation, assessment, placement, counseling, and other education planning services for matriculated students;
- $100 million will be used to close achievement gaps in access and achievement in underrepresented student groups;
- $155.2 million Prop. 98 General Funds provided for growth in general-purpose apportionments (three percent enrollment increase);
- The Board of Governors is directed to adopt a growth formula that prioritizes districts identified as having the greatest unmet need in serving their educational needs;
- $48.5 million for a cost of living adjustment of 0.86 percent;
- $235.6 million in Prop. 98 General Funds in 2012-13 and $356.8 million Prop. 98 General Funds form 2013-14 are provided to pay off all outstanding deferrals;
- 38.4 million in 2013-14 and $35.6 million in 2014-15 in Prop. 98 General Funds are provided to stabilize apportionments by shifting portions of redevelopment agency revenues;
- $175 million one-time Prop. 98 General fund increase to be split equally between deferred maintenance and instructional equipment purchase.