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Calif. Governor Wants to Freeze $50M in UC Funds

May 12, 2017
 
 

Jerry Brown, California's governor, released his revised budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year Thursday. While the budget largely mirrors an earlier plan, it includes $50 million in funding for the University of California system that will be sequestered until the system resolves concerns raised last month by the state's auditor.

The state report alleged that UC failed to disclose tens of millions of dollars in surplus funds. UC's president, Janet Napolitano, and other system leaders have criticized the audit, saying it was unfair and overstated the size of UC's fiscal reserves.

“I put that $50 million in there so we can hold their feet to the fire,” Brown said, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Brown, a Democrat, proposed additional operating funds for the state's community college system, which enrolls 2.1 million students. The plan includes $150 million in proposed funds for a new guided-pathways project, which would support 20 community colleges as they attempt to create a more structured approach to getting students to graduation.

“The governor’s revised budget provides a welcomed increased investment in our colleges to improve the success of our students and their social mobility in California,” Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the system's chancellor, said in a written statement. “It includes a $150 million commitment to help colleges build guided pathways that will integrate student support and instructional programs and lead more students to earn industry-recognized credentials and jobs that strengthen families and communities. Additional resources for the state chancellor’s office will provide improvements in data and research capacity, which will help us innovate, scale successful practices and hold our system accountable to the state and to our students.”

 
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