City College of San Francisco will not lose out on state funding next fiscal year despite seeing a drop in enrollment as it continues to fight for its accreditation.
Senate Bill 860, which was advanced in the state budget to take effect immediately and was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, extends CCSF's stabilization funding for three more years.
As a result, the embattled school -- which will get the majority of its $198 million budget for 2014-15 from the state -- will not see a $20 million deduction in state dollars due to a 16 percent dip in enrollment last year.
California's community colleges are typically funded based on how many full-time students are served, and prior to SB 860, state law provided only a single year of stabilization funding during declining enrollment.
"This funding strengthens City College's fiscal stability and ensures that is has predictable financial resources throughout the next few years as it continues its progress toward full accreditation," reads a statement from state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who originally proposed the stabilization funding earlier this year.
The enrollment drop followed a decision last summer by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to yank CCSF's accreditation, effective this July.
However, multiple barriers block the impending accreditation loss. Earlier this month, an appeals panel ruled that the commission must conduct another assessment of CCSF, and the ACCJC has also proposed a new policy that could give CCSF two more years to come into compliance with accrediting standards. Separately, an injunction stands due to an impending trial between the City Attorney's Office and the commission.
On Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee commended the preservation of funds for CCSF in the state budget.
"We have worked together to put San Francisco City College on a much-needed path of reform and thanks to Gov. Brown's action, we are one step closer to keeping the college open and accredited," Lee said in a statement.
Losing accreditation would effectively force CCSF to close.