(CTNS) - The first major sign of recovery is appearing at California's community colleges, months after voters threw their support behind the state's struggling public education systems.
Summer classes, slashed by 60 percent during the economic crisis, are on their way back.
Students and faculty are heartened, saying they hope it will mark the beginning of recovery for the nation's largest public education system, which took a $1.5 billion hit between 2007 and 2012.
Repairing the damage to the 2.4-million student system is still a distant goal, even with the Prop. 30 tax increase and an additional $210 million the colleges expect to receive in the coming year.
For most local colleges, the restoration of summer classes this year brings the number of sections back to 2010 levels, if that.
Still, the new classes represent a shift in momentum; after years of deciding which classes to cut, schools are considering what to add.