California Community Colleges will receive hundreds of millions in additional funding after the passage of Proposition 30, officials said.
As much as $210 million for the current academic year could be coming to the stateâ€™s 112 community colleges after voters approved the tax increase measure on Tuesday, said California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris in a news conference on Wednesday morning.
Harris did warn that the proposition would not be a fix-all solution. â€œIt certainly will not bring the system back to pre-recession levels, but it does get the stateâ€™s commitment to higher education and specifically community colleges headed in the right direction,â€ Harris explained.
Of the total, $160 million is to pay what the state owes all colleges, according to Harris.
The remaining $50 million is for adding more class sections in the spring semester, according to Harris.
Pasadena City College will be receiving $910,000 to add classes, according to the numbers from Chancellor’s fiscal services division.
During the news conference, San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance Carroll was enthusiastic with the votersâ€™ decision on Proposition 30.
â€œWe are celebrating today because [on Tuesday night] California came to its senses,â€ she said.
Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Daniel LaVista felt the passage of Proposition 30 was a wise investment.
â€œI think that this action by voters does help us in getting the support we need to address our education system that has been compromised over the last three years,â€ he said.
The community college system lost over 500,000 students in the last three years, according to Harris.
Harris explained the proposition would add more student seats in classrooms around the state. â€œProposition 30 will also open up access and we estimate an additional 20,000 students statewide,â€ Harris said.
Harris thanked the voters for all of the support provided for Proposition 30. â€œIt will spare additional budget cuts that we feared would have come if the measure did not pass,â€ Harris said.
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