Equity Alert: Getting Community College Student Success Funding Right

In his proposed budget for 2018-19, Governor Jerry Brown included a proposal to fund the state’s California Community College system more equitably. The new formula would allocate resources to community college districts based more on student needs, along with incentivizing programs and practices that increase student success and completion in higher education. Our latest equity alert looks at:
  • How equitable funding models in higher education can work
  • What Governor Brown’s community college funding formula proposal includes
  • Which questions still need to be addressed to ensure a shift in funding approaches truly maximizes equity
  • How advocates can get engaged as policymakers discuss and decide on how to fund California’s community colleges


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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.