Legislation to transfer $19 million from the General Fund to fund Community College of Philadelphia as required by State Law.


Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla

Councilmembers Oh, Blackwell, Bass, Quiñones Sánchez and Squilla
Referred to the
Committee on Appropriations
Authorizing transfers in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019 within the General Fund from the
Office of Innovation and Technology, the Department of Public Health, and the Civil Service
Commission to the Director of Finance—Community College of Philadelphia.
WHEREAS, The Community College of Philadelphia is a vital institution of higher education,
offering more than 70 associate’s degree and academic and proficiency certificate programs that
are accessible to a wide cross-section of Philadelphians; and
WHEREAS, During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Community College of Philadelphia
enrolled approximately 27,729 students including 13,361 full time students. The diverse racial
makeup of its students is as follows: 50.8% African-American, 24.1% White, 14.8%
Hispanic/Latino, 10.4% Asian/Pacific Islander, and .3% Native American; and
WHEREAS, The role of community colleges is crucial to strengthening the regional workforce
in an increasingly technological and global world. Furthermore, they are an invaluable resource
in our communities in addressing some of our most pressing issues; and
WHEREAS, When the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania founded community colleges in 1963, it
mandated equal funding from three sources: the Commonwealth, the City, and the students; and
WHEREAS, The City has not been meeting its mandatory minimum appropriations to the
Community College of Philadelphia for many years. As a result, there is an increasing financial
burden placed on the students; and
WHEREAS, Community College of Philadelphia’s operating budget for the Fiscal Year 2018-
2019 is $134,712,576. Students provide 55% of the revenue through tuition and fees while the
State is only providing 24% and the City is only providing 19%–a shortfall of $19,250,000; and

WHEREAS, It is long past time that the City of Philadelphia provide the minimum revenues
required by the Commonwealth to fund Community College of Philadelphia; and
WHEREAS, It is the City’s responsibility to meet its financial obligation so that that Community
College of Philadelphia can have the resources that are necessary to serve its students and the
City of Philadelphia with high-quality public higher education; now therefore