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.
Schools would only qualify in counties with lower infection rates. Kindergarten through sixth grade is prioritized in the governor’s $2-billion plan, which would need the Legislature’s approval.
The Folsom Cordova Unified School Board voted for its students to return to classrooms part time. It comes in anticipation of schools in the county getting the greenlight to reopen after moving into the red tier of California’s reopening guidelines.
Without clear guidance from the state, coronavirus testing remains a contentious and costly issue as more school districts inch toward reopening.
A closely watched report commissioned by Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for more local discretion and tighter regulation of charter schools.
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