From the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges
CPEC Predicts Continuing Increase in Student Enrollment
This week, the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) released a report, "Ready or Not, Here They Come" predicting an ongoing increase in student enrollment from 2009-19. CPEC estimates that the state should prepare for 222,000 additional community college students by 2019.
For the first time, the System will be asked to serve more than 2 million students each fall term beginning in the fall 2016. Without adequate enrollment growth funding, as many as 400,000 prospective students might be denied access to community college education over the next two years.
View the CPEC report online at www.faccc.org.
Updated Summary of President's Community College Initiative Posted Online
Last week, FACCC's Weekly featured a story on H.R. 3221, congressional legislation implementing President Obama's American Graduation Initiative. While this measure would provide the largest infusion of federal dollars into the nation's community colleges, it has also stirred controversy for its reliance on the grant application process and its mandate for new reporting.
View the FACCC Website for a summary of H.R. 3221 prepared by the American Association of Community Colleges.
Government Contact Info: i.e. Who to Complain To
Budget Cuts Threaten Community Colleges
Take Action Now
What You Can Do:
Contact your Government Representatives (and Demand that They Do Something!!!)
Los Angeles Office
10124 South Broadway, Suite 1
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Phone: (323) 757-8900
Fax: (323) 757-9506
United States House of Representatives
2344 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0535
Phone: (202) 225-2201
Fax: (202) 225-7854
6033 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 642-4610
Fax: (310) 642-9160
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U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein:
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 914-7300
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3841
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U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
112 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3553
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California State Senate
1 Manchester Blvd
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4647 Long Beach Blvd. Suite A2
Long Beach, CA 90807
(D-27) (Long Beach)
California State Assembly
Curren D. Price Jr.
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Inglewood, CA 90301
700 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
694 South Oxford Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005
5750 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Kevin de León
(D-45) (Los Angeles)
California Budget Update: The Proposed Cuts to Community Colleges
The governor and legislative leaders emerged from the governor's office this evening to announce they have reached a deal on a $25 billion budget revision. Both houses are expected to vote on the package on Thursday.
For community colleges, the plan cuts community colleges by $936 million in state general funds. Student fees would increase to $26/unit effective with the fall semester ($17/unit for the two districts on the quarter system).
Even with $70 million in additional student fee revenue and up to $130 million in one-time federal funds, the cuts are the deepest in the history of California's community colleges. With booming enrollment from four converging forces--record high school graduates, redirected four-year students, returning veterans, and the newly unemployed--the budget will significantly constrain access and limit essential student services.
We are awaiting several details issues, including how the 2008-09 cuts will be implemented, now that that fiscal year is officially over. Below are the details as we know them.
Nobody is happy with this budget, and community colleges are no different. However, we did succeed in extracting a commitment in the deal to repay K-12 schools and community colleges $9.5 billion as the economy rebounds. This is an important restoration of quality that will likely begin in 2012-13. We certainly have several difficult years ahead.
After the legislative votes occur and as our college communities implement the very tough decisions that this budget requires, we will be gearing up for the battle ahead. There are likely future rounds of cuts, reductions that will only made deeper in the long run if we continue to divest from systems of California's higher education. I hope that you will join the League in that fight.
We will also be engaging the candidates running for governor next year and for offices across the state to encourage them to talk about their plans for community colleges and higher education. We will need your help as local community members that bring the political, demographic and geographic diversity that is reflective of our colleges.
Finally, I'd like to extend a special thank you to the League's Director of Fiscal Policy Theresa Tena and Vice Chancellor Erik Skinner for doing a heroic job advocating for us inside the Capitol. Additionally, Bonnie Slosson, the League's Director of Governmental Relations, Kristine Schilpp, Asst. Director of Governmental Relations, Rita Mize, Director of Fiscal Policy and Richael Young, intern, have all been an important part of the fight, as have the rest of the League's staff. Finally, Jonathan Lightman, Executive Director of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has done a great job coordinating an outstanding group of advocates from across the California.
Let's keep up the fight,
President and Chief Executive Officer
Orange Coast College '94
Anticipated Cuts to Community Colleges (district-specific)
2008-09 General Cuts
Est. 2008-09 general apportionment shortfall:
Est. 2008-09 property tax shortfall:
Total general cut:
2009-10 General Cut
Est. general apportionment shortfall:
Unallocated 2009-10 apportionment reduction:
Est. 2009-10 enrollment fee shortfall:
Est. 2009-10 property tax shortfall:
Est. student enrollment fee revenue (from $20/unit to $26/unit), beginning fall 2009:
Total general cut:
2009-10 Selected Categorical Cuts: $343,000,000
The budget makes deep cuts to categorical programs, which are expected to be partially backfilled by federal state fiscal stabilization funds. Below are some of the largest categorical cuts.
Anticipated federal backfill
Career Technical Education:
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE):
Counseling, Placement and Assessment (Matriculation):
Disabled Students Programs and Services:
Extended Opportunities Programs and Services:
Instructional Equipment & Scheduled Maintenance:
Part-time Faculty Compensation:
Special Services for CalWORKs Recipients:
Telecommunications and Technology:
Notes: All numbers are estimated based on the most recent available data and will vary based on final budget language and ending funding numbers for specific districts. Additional categoricals (Career Technical Education, Economic Development, Nursing, Telecommunications and Technology) are also being cut, but district projections can not be provided at this time.
(a) Reduced enrollment numbers are the district's proportionate share of the reduction in projected funded students in 2009-10. Actual enrollment change will depend on local district and community factors.
(b) The amount of general revenue to support per student funding is below that needed to fund all districts' funded FTES.
(c) The budget reduces general funding by $120,000,000, and encourages districts to reduce workload in areas other than basic skills, transfer and career technical education.
(d) The "base" projections for student enrollment fees assume enrollment will increase by 3%, although the funding for growth has been removed. Meanwhile, an additional $80 million ($70 million to support apportionments) is available from the increase of fees from $20/unit to $26/unit.
(e) A separate stream of $38 million for career-technical education and $10 million for physical plan and instructional support is available for the next several years under the SB 1133/QIA settlement.
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(World Socialist Website)
LASC's Summer Session II Canceled;
Summer Session I Remains Untouched
as California's Economic Crisis Hits Home
Our school—as well as all community colleges in California—have become casualties of California’s economic crisis. Governor Schwarzenegger has terminated summer session education and has targeted many special support programs to be cut in order to "save" California's budget. All nine campuses in the LACCD district have canceled the second summer session; many other community college districts are expected to follow suit. Of all the school systems (CSU, UC, K-12) in California, the community college system was hit the hardest, largely due to the fact that we have the fewest advocates and lobbyists in Sacramento. This makes community colleges an easy target with very little resistance. In addition, local colleges often serve working class students who already struggle financially and who, unfortunately, do not have time (due to work, family, or other obligations) to get involved in district-wide issues that affect community college education. We just need community college to be there, and this summer, it won't be. However, even the UC, CSU, and K-12 schools have been drastically affected. Unless there is public outcry to the legislators, all of the governor's recommendations will be adopted.
We urgently need your help to make the needs of community college students heard!
(See the sidebar to the right and links below for how you can help. Calling is better than emailing at the moment because many legislators are no longer accepting emails).
California is facing an unprecedented $21.3 billion deficit in its budget. Given the defeat of several propositions last month, Governor Schwarzenegger has made drastic new cuts in his latest budget revision for 2009-10. His revision will eliminate all UC and CSU outreach funds, and eliminate Cal Grant funds as well as cut categorical funding for California’s community colleges. We have already lost funding for Summer Session II and additional cuts loom ominously in our future.
If the legislature accepts Schwarzenegger's recommendations and makes the funding cuts, the governor’s proposals will result in further losses of state support.
Elimination of special programs would “save” the California budget $31.3 million – (Governor Schwarzenegger also is recommending the complete elimination of all CSU outreach programs, thereby “saving” an additional $18.6 million.)
The governor has proposed a $334 million cut in California Community Colleges categorical programs—including the Fund for Student Success, which provides monies for student outreach programs.
According to the Daily News on May 29: "Faced with proposed cuts of $410 million for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years, and an additional chop of $375 million, the California State University system asked each campus to eliminate summer classes. The goal is to shake off or discourage 10,000 students from the system" (italics ours).
Furthermore, LAUSD followed many other K-12 school districts by canceling all summer courses this year in order to save about $34 million. This will affect over 225,000 students, and help close the budget gap of $130 million.
Beyond education, the governor has also proposed cutting welfare programs altogether (affecting 1.3 million impoverished Californians), closing 80% of state parks, and cutting off subsidized health insurance for over 1 million children, according to the Silicon Valley Mercury News.
Although the California State budget is facing an enormous deficit, these particular cuts seem all to target those Californians who need support the most: students, working class families, children, and unemployed Californians (a demographic likely to grow as a result of the rapidly declining economy). These cuts impact us at a time when our need for the programs that are being cut is greatest; further cuts to these support programs will increase our need for support!
In order for our school to survive, we have to show that community colleges have broad public support—from our students, parents, teachers, alumni, communities, industry, and others.
At the same time, we must be prepared to continually demonstrate our support throughout the entire budget process, which could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
This Graph Explains More than We Ever Could
To read the San Francisco Chronicle Article where this graph is from, click here.
The chart below, from the State Legislator's Office website, shows California's spending by category.
This article, from the LA Times, discusses Proposition 98, which mandated that 40% of California's General Fund be spent on Education—a frequently cited cause for the current budget crisis; however, here in the Times, they explain how corporate tax breaks have impacted the budget far more severely. Click here to read it.