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News: Governors November Ballot Initiatives Endorsed by PACCD Board

The Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees has voted to endorse California Gov. Jerry Brown’s Temporary Taxes to Fund Education initiative on the 2012 November ballot. 

“The Board and the Pasadena City College’s ability to offer high-quality programs to students will be seriously comprised if these measure does not go through and we sustain these draconian budget cuts,” said PACCD Trustee Dr. Jeanette Mann. “We have kept the cuts as far away from the classroom a possible, but without funding, we will not be able to continue to serve as many students into the future.”

The November ballot initiative will limit the cuts that would otherwise be made to community college and K-12, while providing budget stability from the temporary increases in sales and personal income taxes for four years. Without the passing of the initiative, community colleges will be reduced further and the additional budget hit to PCC will be more than $5 million, according to California Community Colleges Chancellor Office estimates.

California Community Colleges have taken extensive cuts to funding over recent years, while trying to educate the largest high school graduating classes in California history. The colleges are currently operating with $996 million (23%) less in total programmatic support in 2011-12 than in 2007-08, including cuts to both apportionment and categorical funding. These cuts have resulted in as many as 130,000 potential students to be turned away in a single year due to the need to reduce course sections.

The California Community College system is the largest system of higher education in the United States. Its 112 colleges provide higher education opportunity for over two million Californians annually and provide students with the skills to be economically success in the California economy.

For more information about state budget cuts to community colleges, please go to www.ccleague.net.  

Release Date: 04/05/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315
Email: jfgutierrez@pasadena.edu