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Proposition 30 and the Peralta Colleges

7 December 2012

To the Peralta Family,

With the passage of Proposition 30, the Peralta Colleges will be able to add additional classes for the spring semester to accommodate up to 700 FTES. This is good news for our students and faculty. With this good news, however, comes much work to be done in a short period of time.

As you know, we took the prudent approach of budgeting for a scenario that assumed Proposition 30 would not be successful.  Fortunately, Proposition 30 passed and as a result we will be able to restore approximately $5.5 million to the unrestricted general fund.

While this restoration allows us to build back many of the class sections and services that had been provided in the past, the $5.5 million is only a start to the restoration process.  For the last three fiscal years we have had to cut approximately $20 million in response to state-imposed budget reductions.

More immediately, we will be adding up to 200 strategically selected sections to our existing spring schedule of classes. We are also looking to further promote our Spring 2013 schedule to attract additional students. Each of the Peralta Colleges will be adding sections and your deans, vice presidents and president will be working closely with faculty to determine which classes and sections will be added to our schedule. Of course, this work has to be completed before the spring semester begins on January 22.

All of us appreciate the additional offerings and know that through our efforts more students will benefit from the quality teaching that we provide at the Peralta Colleges. Thank you for your service to our community.

Dr. José M. Ortiz

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