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Crowded Classes, Reduced Services, Higher Fees – What’s Up With That?

The Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers (the teachers’ union here) has put together some information about how state budget issues are impacting our institution and what it means to students:

What’s at $take for YOU in the $tate Budget Debate?
$ Together, K-12 (41.3%) and Higher Education (UC, CSU & Community Colleges–10.1%) make up over half of the California state budget.
$ The State of California provides about 60% of community college budgets, depending on each district. The other 40% is drawn from local property taxes (28%), Student Fees (5%), Federal Funds (4%), and State Lottery proceeds (3%) (as of 2010-2011).
$ Student fees at all community colleges have been raised in the last few years from $26/unit in spring 2010 to $46/unit in fall 2012 (an 88.5% increase).
$ Community college students face new restrictions on attempting and repeating courses to reduce overall demand on the system.
$ 400 classes were cut in the last few years in nearly every discipline across campus.
$ Course offerings have decreased by almost 10% since Fall 2011.
$ Tutoring staff, services, and hours were reduced.
$ Roughly 95 staff jobs equal to 47 full-time positions have been eliminated or reduced since 2007-08. These staffers supported students in Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Division Offices, the Library, Tutoring Centers, Student Affairs, Facilities and Custodial Services, and other areas.
WHAT IS PROPOSITION 30? Prop. 30 provides funding for K-12 and CA higher education from a temporary, 4-year income tax increase on individuals earning more than $250,000 or families earning more than $500,000 (the top 3% of California’s taxpayers). Additional revenue would come from a .25% increase in sales tax for all Californians (25 cents per $100).
IF PROP. 30 DOES NOT PASS, Cabrillo will face an ADDITIONAL cut of 7.3%. This reduction is equivalent to:
$ Losing space for 780 full-time students
$ Cutting one in thirteen classes
$ Eliminating five average-sized programs or majors

PDF to print and share: http://ccftcabrillo.org/news/issues/teachthebudgetinbrief.pdf