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FHDA to receive more funds in revised CA budget

Revisions to the 2013-14 California budget may bring more money to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

The changes might bring an additional $2.5 million to $5.6 million in state funding to the FHDA district, said Bret Watson, interim director of budget and personnel at De Anza College, during a campus budget meeting.

In a May 14 press conference, Gov. Jerry Brown said the changes to his proposed budget addressed the needs for enrollment growth funds and cost-of-living increases while adding about $50 million for student success.

“We’ve got a balanced budget, and it’s solid. We have money to invest in education because of Prop 30,” Brown said during the press conference.

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The money would go towards restoring cut classes and “making room for the hundreds of thousands of students who have been shut out of our system due to recent funding cuts,” California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris said in a press release.

“This budget represents a good start toward financial recovery for our system,” he said.

Average statewide funding would increase an additional $1,503 per student, whereas funding would increase by $2,754 per student for
K-12 schools, $1,935 for California State Universities and $2,491 for the University of California school system.

Brown said the changes would increase funding for all K-12 schools but would specifically target schools with more low-income students, foster youth and English language learners.

These school districts would receive a 35 percent supplemental grant for each unduplicated student, according to the budget proposal.

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