Oppose Flexibility Allowances Provided in the Governor's January Budget

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Senate leadership opposed flexibility allowances in the Governor's budget and the final budget does not have flexible allowances for EOPS, CalWORKs, and the Basic Skills Initiative.

Whereas, The 2014 - 2015 budget proposed in January 2014 by Governor Brown contains a proposal to allow for flexible movement of up to 25% of the funds directed to Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) and the Basic Skills Initiative;

Whereas, While these provisions allow for some local accommodating of resources outside of their intended purposes, allowing this flexibility at this time could lead to a continuation of inequities because these needs have never been met, which will exacerbate internal competition for dwindling resources;

Whereas, The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, the EOPS Association, and the CalWORKs Association have taken an “oppose” position to this proposal; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has previous resolutions that broadly oppose flexible funding for categorical programs (6.02 S10, 5.03 S11);

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges strongly oppose flexible budget options provided in the January 2014 Governor’s Budget for EOPS, CalWORKs and the Basic Skills Initiative.