Community College League of California Releases Statement Ahead of January Budget Proposal
SACRAMENTO, CA – Ahead of the January 2021-22 Budget Proposal, the Community College League of California (League) sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins as the budget pertains to California Community Colleges. In addition to the letter, League President and CEO Larry Galizio released the following statement:
As our state confronts the COVID-19 pandemic along with its resulting economic downturn, we recognize the need to address issues of racial injustice, wealth inequality, food and housing insecurities, and the impact of California’s wildfires. The current "K-shaped" economic recovery model only demonstrates these problems worsening. The League recognizes the challenges we face ahead and offers the State Legislature our assistance in building a better future for all Californians. We believe California's Community Colleges are uniquely positioned to assist the state in transitioning the economy to an "E-shaped" recovery, an equitable economic model where greater equity is achieved through educational opportunity and workforce development. To achieve this, our community college districts require suitable and sufficient budgeting from the state that provides them with maximum stability, predictability, and flexibility. In the coming months, the League will advocate for funding to sustain the growth of our colleges.
The Community College League of California (League), whose vision is Quality Public Community Colleges for All Californians, is a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a voluntary membership of the 73 local community college districts in California. The League promotes student access and success by strengthening colleges through advocacy, policy development, leadership development, and district services. Visit our website at www.ccleague.org.