Last week Governor Newsom presented the recent updates to the state budget known as the May Revise. Following the presentation, Chancellor Carroll distributed a message to outline and explain portions of the budget that impact community colleges and the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). I am pleased to also distribute a summary version of the budget and thankful that it looks as if the May Revise will include positive support for SDCCD.
Specifically, the proposed budget includes an increase of $50 million ongoing Proposition 98 General Fund to expand vocational training opportunities and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for ESL students, which directly impacts San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCE) students. Many SDCCE ESL programs are already linked to pathways enabling ESL students to subsequently enroll in credit college (e.g. Transition to College efforts), which is what the state administrators expect to see with the increased funding. This is good news for SDCCE ESL programs and students.
The proposed budget also includes an increase of approximately $23.8 million ongoing Proposition 98 General Fund to increase Student Equity and Achievement Program funding by five percent, which directly supports SDCCE programs.
There are several one-time funds for specific projects, but in summary, the proposed budget includes the following for SDCCD:
- 4.05% COLA ($7.5 million) which would be distributed in accordance with the SDCCD Resource Allocation Formula (RAF)
- 1.5% COLA for categorical programs such as DSPS, EOPS, Apprenticeship programs, CalWORKS; however, SDCCD will provide legislative advocacy to increase the COLA for these programs
- $10.9 million in Proposition 98 one-time funding: $6.6 million to facilities and $4.3 million for instructional equipment
- $1.8 million in Proposition 98 one-time funding to support grants to assist community colleges with responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
I agree with Chancellor Carroll that the state budget includes strong support for community colleges and "It is clear that both California and the San Diego Community College District are on the road to both recovery and advancement."