As much as $210 million for the current academic year could be coming to the state’s 112 colleges

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 state’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. “It certainly will not bring the system back to pre-recession levels, but it does get the state’s commitment to higher education and specifically community colleges headed in the right direction,” 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 voters’ decision on Proposition 30.

“We are celebrating today because [on Tuesday night] California came to its senses,” she said.

Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Daniel LaVista felt the passage of Proposition 30 was a wise investment.

“I 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,” 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. “Proposition 30 will also open up access and we estimate an additional 20,000 students statewide,” Harris said.

Harris thanked the voters for all of the support provided for Proposition 30. “It will spare additional budget cuts that we feared would have come if the measure did not pass,” Harris said.

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