California community colleges start recovery

After three very tough years, California’s new state budget puts community colleges on a slow path to recovery, reports Kathy Baron on EdSource Today.

The state’s 112 community colleges will get up to $6 billion for the 2013-14 fiscal year, a $200 million boost over this year. That’s only a quarter of the $809 million cut from community college budgets in the last three years.

Colleges will get $89.4 million to rebuild enrollment, enough for 40,000 additional students. The system lost 470,000 students during the bad years, officials estimate.

Other budget increases include:

$50 million to implement the Student Success Act of 2012, which includes counseling and advising services, orientation for every student, and helping each student design an education plan with a path to a degree or certificate or to transfer to a four-year college.

$47 million to implement Proposition 39, the November ballot initiative that creates a fund for energy efficient projects. . . .

$30 million toward the $1 billion needed for deferred maintenance on the campuses, plus new books, lab equipment and technology to modernize classrooms.

The per-student apportionment went up to $4,637, up from $4,565.


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON June 19, 2013

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