SBCC District Board Approves Proposition 30 Resolution
September 13, 2012
At its last monthly meeting, the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees approved a resolution in support of Proposition 30, California Governor Jerry Brown’s initiative on the November 6, 2012 ballot.
The ballot initiative proposes a temporary increase in income taxes for California’s high income earners and increase the sales tax by a quarter cent for four years. The measure would produce state revenue to prevent additional cuts to education and other public services and expected to generate approximately $9 billion per year for schools K-12, community colleges and public safety at the local level.
In the past three years, California community college funding has been cut by over $800 million from the state-wide public education budget, and colleges are bracing for more cuts. Education funding reductions force colleges to limit access by reducing course offerings and student support services. Should the ballot initiative fail, California community colleges will be challenged with another $338 million in additional budget cuts next year.
Locally, Proposition 30 would represent a $4.6 million swing for Santa Barbara City College. If it fails, this loss of funding would come to SBCC in the form of “workload reduction” – a budget reduction approach applied by the state. The state would reduce the number of students SBCC is able to serve by 7.3% by eliminating the funding the college would have received for those students. This translates into class section reductions and continued shrinkage of SBCC course offerings which in turn impacts access for students, creates barriers to goal progression, and further delays a students' attainment of a degree/certificate or transfer.
In approving the resolution of support for Proposition 30, the SBCC Board of Trustees stated that the California Community College system has already experienced very significant reductions in state funding during the past two years and further reductions would negatively impact SBCC as well as the rest of the community college system.
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