Strike at California State University

Two of the campuses of California State University are striking today. The timing of the strike is unfortunate, coming at the same time as fees are raised once again almost 10%. The union realizes that pay raises are a small part of the overall abuse of higher education in California, but strikes are only permitted in opposition to the contract with University system. Chronic underfunding began during the first term of Jerry Brown, when the passage of proposition 13, frightened him. Not only is the administration grossly overpaid, its management style is arrogant and heavy-handed. Finally, the gutting of public education at all levels means that students come to the University underprepared and, more often than not, lacking the funds to pay for their education. Not only do they fall under a heavy debt burden, they work too many hours after school in order to focus on their education. To add insult to injury, all of us have to listen to public figures telling us how our economic future depends upon educating young people, presumably without any tax burden unless such funds are directed to hedge funds engaging in charter school scams.


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  1. Green on

    I remember when I was an undergrad student at the U of Houston, during the early 00’s. I heard many students talk about something. Most of them worked 1 or 2 part time jobs, to support themselves while attending college. The funds they received from their financial aid packages, via their lenders, were usually insufficient to pay all their expenses. It usually paid the tuition, but that was more or less it. I guess the same thing happens in California schools. I vaguely remember some statistics that indicated the average student loan debt of someone with a BA from U of Houston was around 12 grand to 15 grand. For Rice U BA’s, it was something like 15 grand to 20 grand. All other schools in TX were in that general bracket of student loan debt. The more advanced the degree, the higher the debt. Most newly graduated MD’s from any school connected to the TX Medical Center [TMC] usually had a debt somewhere between 100 grand and 150 grand, or so I heard.

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