Whereas, The Governor’s January 2010 budget and subsequent proposals by the Legislative Analyst’s Office and other legislative processes contain recommendations that could negatively impact community college programs and educational efforts;
Whereas, As of March 27, 2010 these recommendations include:
- Suspending the full-time faculty obligation
- Suspending the 50% law
- Suspending other limitations and thus allowing outsourcing of non-instructional activities
- Redirecting Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) funds to SB70 career technical education (CTE) funds even though 60% of EOPS students are in CTE
- Moving many more categorical programs into the flexibility category, which removes accountability requirements
- Raising student fees to $40 per semester unit—a 54% increase
- Deferring payment to districts, which can lead to millions of dollars in lost local revenue due to interest payments or lost interest; and
Whereas, These recommendations will change over the following months through the budget development cycle, but some likely will remain in forms that can negatively impact our colleges and programs, as funding or safeguards that are removed may very possibly never be restored;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local colleges and districts to monitor and oppose, through creation of formal policy or through other shared governance methods, any proposals in the current budget cycle that undermine community college programs and support services and their capacity to promote student success.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates
The Senate expressed concern during the budget cycle as noted within this resolution.