The march toward a state budget deal for the coming fiscal year took a significant step forward Friday as Gov. Jerry Brown and leaders of the California Assembly and Senate agreed Friday on a proposed spending package that funds the governor’s marquee higher education plans to create a new online college and dramatically overhaul how community colleges are funded by the state.
The agreement, reached among Brown, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, represents a compromise between Brown’s budget proposals and those emanating from the Legislature.
A 10-person budget conference committee is now charged with evaluating and approving the compromise agreement. It then returns to both chambers in the Legislature for final approval by June 15 and to Brown for his signature.
The agreement also offers more funds for the University of California and California State University than Gov. Brown proposed. That prompted UC President Janet Napolitano to announce Friday that the 10-campus system will forego a tuition increase if the compromise becomes law.
The agreement would provide more money to add more undergraduates, bolster legal services for undocumented students and staff, help low-income students with emergency food and housing and help UC Berkeley cope with a deficit. Click here to read more: https://edsource.org/2018/legislative-leaders-in-sacramento-strike-deal-with-gov-brown-on-education-funding-in-his-last-budget/598835