Whitman and Brown on Public Higher Ed

California’s gubernatorial debate on September 28, 2010: Capital Public Radio’s Marianne Russ asked the question we (and others, apparently, as she attributed the question to a UC student) asked her to ask during yesterday’s debate: “As Governor would you roll back all of the funding cuts to the UC, CSU and CC systems, why or why not.” I have not been able to find a transcript of the debate, but I typed up what the two candidates said: Russ: As Governor would you roll back all of the funding cuts to the UC, CSU and CC systems, why or why not. Brown: Would I roll all the fees back Not my first year, with a 19 billion dollar deficit; we […]

Oct. 7: Rally @ Noon, Quarry Plaza

ROLL BACK THE FEE INCREASES! DIGNITY FOR UC WORKERS! CREATIVE ACTIONS @ 9 a.m. Quarry Plaza There are many different ways to support public education. Think of your own or join a pre-planned action. Bring your friends! RALLY @ Noon Quarry Plaza Rally with K-12 students, parents, and teachers 4 pm, Clock Tower, Downtown Santa Cruz Paying more for less? While student fees skyrocket, programs and courses are slashed. Paying More Student fees have increased 300% since 2001. Just last year the UC Regents approved a 32% fee increase, and they are already considering another double-digit increase this year. Getting Less Class sizes are increasing. Courses and services are being cut. Students may not be able to graduate on time. […]

Contentious Plan for UC Pension Fund

Contentious plan for sagging UC pension fund Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer Friday, September 10, 2010 A tidal wave of unfunded retirement obligations that could top $40 billion in four years is washing over the University of California, forcing employees to pay far more for those benefits and threatening students with the possibility of more tuition hikes and years of austerity. Now a UC task force has released a set of recommendations, to be evaluated throughout the fall, intended to help the university gain control over its vast retirement problem over the next 30 years. At the same time, employees who cut the grass, serve the food and perform other essential but low-paying jobs throughout the university system say the […]