State Assembly approves Compton College budget request
"The purpose of the letter writing campaign is to engage our constituents in this process."
Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson. Photo: YouTube/AssemblyAccess
Lawmaker Mike Gipson initiates letter writing campaign to afford constituents a ‘seat at the table’ to lobby State Senate to OK $11.3 million
SACRAMENTO — The California State Assembly has launched a letter-writing campaign urging the state Senate to adopt its proposal for $11.3 million to support the Compton Community College District as it looks to transition to an independently accredited institution.
Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson is the driving force behind the “Straight Outta Compton College” initiative. Last week, the Assembly Budget Committee approved Gipson’s budget request, and now the proposal will go to the Legislative Budget Conference Committee, where the Assembly and Senate will negotiate and reconcile any remaining differences in their respective budgets.
“The Compton community has come a long way in this endeavor, and we are getting closer and closer to restoring full accreditation each day,” said Gipson. “Providing [this money] will ensure a successful conversion while meeting the infrastructure and resource needs of the district.”
“I have always believed in the power of words, especially on paper. The purpose of the letter writing campaign is to engage our constituents in this process. They deserve to have a seat at the table and allow their voices to be heard,” Gipson added.
The Compton Community College District Board of Trustees was brought under state oversight in 2004, losing its governing authority. After review by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Compton College lost its accreditation in 2005.
Following a decade of annual reviews by the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, it was determined on Feb. 14, 2017, that CCCD met every standard necessary to regain governing authority and function as an independent board.
Now the district has regained local governance and the college has taken a giant step closer to full accreditation.
The one-time allocation, if approved in the Senate, will be earmarked to support the transition of the El Camino College Compton Center back to Compton Community College.
Information from www.asm.ca.gov/gipson contributed to this post