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.
Superintendent Jorge Aguilar called the vaccine requirement “a path forward to keeping our schools open.” The mandate takes effect Nov. 30, seven months before the state requirement begins.
The state superintendent, other officials look at challenges, solutions to creating equity for all students and families.
Roughly 1,600 students at Sacramento City Unified schools have chosen to continue learning at home through the pandemic. But most of the kids remain without teacher assignments, and parents say the district has left many questions unanswered.
California will require that all teachers and school staff be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19, becoming the first state to impose such measures ahead of the new school year.
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