Santa Monica College student Michael Greenberg says he appreciates Governor Brown’s budget proposal to direct a half-billion dollars to community colleges. But, he says something like the oil severance tax bill now in the legislature would guarantee future funding.
“That’s a bill that would really help the community college system and higher education as a whole with secure funding we know will come every year,” says Greenberg. “It’s predictable, it’s calculable it’s statistical, rather than having to be concerned with incoming budget changes.”
The bill would create a two-billion dollar fund from a nine-and-a-half percent tax on oil extracted in the state. Half of that would go to higher education.
The Brown Administration, for its part, also proposes repaying deferrals from previous budget years.
Sacramento State is among three CSU campuses getting a combined total of more than $8 million in federal grants to enhance teacher diversity. The goal is to recruit teachers in Latino, African American and other minority communities.
More California high school students are taking college-level Advanced Placement tests. AP exams are taken each May by high school students who've attended classes that are roughly equivalent to undergraduate college courses.
The California Community College System hopes changing the name of a free tuition program will get more eligible students to take advantage of it.
The Sacramento area unemployment rate increased last month. July's jobless rate was 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent in June. Analysts with the state Employment Development Department attribute the increase to seasonal cutbacks at schools.