Calbright College, on the brink of elimination by the Legislature, will survive in the 2020-21 budget that was agreed to Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders.
“Calbright will survive and continue to serve students with cuts in ongoing and one-time funding,” said Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee.
The college, which opened in the fall of 2019, is losing $5 million in ongoing funds, down from $20 million a year, according to a source close to the negotiations. It is also losing $40 million from the $117 million in unspent funds that it had previously received from the state in one-time funding.
Calbright’s Interim President Ajita Menon said the college is thankful that the governor and legislature recognized that the institution is “a critical part of the economic response.”