Despite $25 million in additional cuts to City College for the 2010-11 fiscal year, summer session is back after its elimination in 2010, and will be operating at its largest capacity since 2008 due to extensive budget restructuring efforts made by City College’s administration.
In this time of drastic and painful budget cuts to the California community college system, it’s hard to see any sort of optimism for City College and public education.
Public education was a major topic of discussion among seven San Francisco mayoral candidates at a March 21 Chinatown meet-and-greet, with Board of Supervisors President David Chiu calling for a stronger relationship between San Francisco and City College.
The Financial Aid Office at City College has placed a temporary freeze on hiring new work-study employees until the new fiscal year begins this summer.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year includes a $400 million reduction in funding for the state’s community colleges, which could grow as high as $900 million if four tax measures Brown proposed don’t make it onto the June ballot, or fail with voters.