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In May 1991, the Florida Legislature directed the State Board of Community Colleges to develop a method to equalize the base funding of community colleges, including an appropriate cost differential equation. As a result, an allocation process of legislative appropriations was developed which supported the relative priorities of each college from the budget request, enabling each college to project its funding at any level of appropriations. For example, the 1995-96 Legislative Budget Request contains the following: (1) an urgent call for access, equity, and excellence; (2) indicators of the value of community college, such as figures on student diversity and achievement, range of academic programs, emphasis on instruction, community and economic development projects, and accessible and functional campuses; (3) information on the fiscal losses that have affected the state's community colleges since 1989-90; (4) an overview of the consequences of steady or declining state appropriations; and (5) a rationale for the 1995-96 budget request, which seeks, over the next 2 years, a state allocation of $4,020 per student, which will restore the 5-year 16% loss in state support. Priority One of the 1995-96 budget request is the base Community College Program Fund Support, which includes the operating cost of new facilities, competitive salary enhancements, money for educational equipment and library resources, an enrollment workload, and equalization funding. Equalization is defined as equivalent funding revenues per full-time equivalent student calibrated for the following college characteristics: program mix and costs, college size, and cost of living in the district. (KP)

Descriptors: Budgeting, Categorical Aid, Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Equalization Aid, Resource Allocation, State Aid, State Legislation, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11042&id=ED379037

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