Legislation Seeks to Restore Community College Funding in California
WALNUT, Calif.California Assemblyman Robert Pacheco, R-Walnut, pledged to amend legislation to restore some of the $126 million in community college funding cuts recently made by Gov. Gray Davis.“I think it’s time community colleges stand up for what has rightfully been earned,” says Pacheco.Pacheco announced to a crowd of community college staff, students, area community college presidents and media that he has amended Assembly Bill 1159 to restore $98 million for community college maintenance funding that was cut from the state budget by Gov. Davis last month.“These cuts came as a complete surprise,” says Bill Feddersen, president of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.For Mt. San Antonio, those cuts mean $2.4 million less funding. The funds were to be used for maintenance and equipment such as computers, biology microscopes and physical education safety and first-aid equipment.At the same time that the funding cuts have been introduced, the burden on community colleges has become even greater. The state’s financial support for community colleges is $4,700 per student compared to $7,000 per K-12 student, $11,000 per Cal State student, and $18,000 per University of California student. Meanwhile, the state’s community colleges enroll 1.6 million students.“Community colleges have shown they are the workhorse in California education,” says Pacheco.
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