Assembly Dems want more funds for community colleges (UPDATED)

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The state Assembly will release its one-house budget Friday, which will show how the chamber’s spending plan differs from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal.

Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, and his conference want to allocate more money to community colleges than what was in Cuomo’s budget, according to details of the proposal obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau. Cuomo presented his proposal Jan. 22.

Assembly Democrats propose raising funding for community colleges by $150 per full-time equivalent student. Community colleges, which belong to the State University of New York system but are funded partly by localities, get state money based solely on enrollment.

This year, community colleges are getting $2,272 per full-time student. Part-time students are combined to calculate the number of “full-time” students each college serves.

Cuomo proposed level funding for next year. The Assembly wants to give the colleges $2,422 per student for 2013-14.

Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif said his chamber’s majority — a coalition of the GOP and the Independent Democratic Conference — plan to release their budget proposal as early as today and act on the measure Monday.

(UPDATE) Here’s a chart showing state funding for community colleges in recent years:

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