The Crisis of Public Education

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The Crisis of Public Education

California’s (Proposed) Budget



Deficit:

-

$28.3 Billion


Budget Cuts:

+ $12.5 Billion (500M from UC)

Tax Extensions:

+ $12.0 Billion




Other*:

+ $3.0 Billion




Total:


$0.8 Billion in reserve

* Income increases yield more income tax, plus funding transfers.


Source: Office of the Governor:
http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=16872
, UC Office of the President:
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/regents/regmeet/mar11/f1attach.pdf

Tax Extensions


With political stalemate over putting tax
extensions on the ballot in a Special Election in
June, Brown may implement more extreme cuts.


Brown may instead try to raise revenue during
November elections, leaving the state budget
and the UC budget in limbo until then.


If Brown’s revenue measures fail, he has
threatened another $500 million to UC.


$500 M is equal to state support for UCSB,
UCSC,
and

UCSF combined.


Presentation to the Regents, January 2011: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/regents/regmeet/jan11/f1ppt.pdf

And Yet…


Almost 66% of US corporations pay no federal
income tax, due to loopholes and tax havens


CA is the only state that doesn’t tax oil drilling.
Yes, even Alaska and Texas have an oil
severance tax.


Prop. 13 (1978) limits property tax increases,
to businesses & corporations as well as homes





Sources: LA Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jun/15/business/fi
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hiltzik15
;


CNN
http://money.cnn.com/2008/08/12/news/economy/corporate_taxes/
;

In 1990, tuition for the full year (in 2010 $) was $3,500;
now we pay that for just one quarter.

Sacramento Bee: http://blogs.sacbee.com/the
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public
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eye/2011/01/csu
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uc
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fees
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outpace
-
inflation.html

Student tuition

funds the UC more
than the
state
,
for the first time in CA
history. Is a public school still public
when over half its funds are private?

http://www.dailybruin.com/index.php/article/2011/01/governor_browns_proposed_20112012_budget_cuts_500_million_in_state_fundin
g_f
or_the_university_of_cal

UC Regents


18 Governor Appointees



7 Governmental “ex officio” officials


1 Student Regent


-

Students contribute +46% of the UC’s core funds

-

State contributes 42% of UC’s core funds

-

Students have 4%
Regental

representation

-

Regents serve 12
-
year terms & cannot be fired or
removed by the governor, students, or taxpayers



Threat to Pell Grants


70,000 UC students got Pell Grants in 2010
-
11


36% of UCLA students received a Pell Grant


Republicans’ proposed budget would cut $845
from Pell Grants starting in 2011


Obama’s budget proposal ends summer Pell
Grants and subsidies for graduate students’
loan interest


Sources: UC Access & Excellence Report 2010
-
11; usstudents.org; and http://money.cnn.com/2011/02/13/news/

economy/obama_budget_pell_grants/index.htm

Rising Student Loan Debt


Total amount of loans doubled since 1997


Average debt/B.A. borrower rose 18% to $22,700


In ‘09
-
10, UC students took on over $1 billion in loans.


Sources:
http://www.collegeboard.com/html/costs/aid/4_1_loans.htm

;
http://www.amsa.com/policy/resources/stats.cfml
;

SacBee:
http://blogs.sacbee.com/the
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public
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eye/2011/01/csu
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uc
-
fees
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outpace
-
inflation.html


Effects of Cuts to UC


Depts. bundled together or minimized


Libraries canceled magazine subscriptions


Larger class sizes = less personal attention,
limited student discussion, and increased
reliance on readers for grading


1/5 of undocumented students dropped out
due to fee increases


Commodification

of knowledge


Ethnic Studies targeted for cuts and program
terminations


What’s Been Done


Schwarzenegger said Nov. 2009 protests were
reason behind restoring $305 M to UC in 2010


Schwarzenegger also backed a constitutional
amendment (unpassed) that guaranteed CSUs
& UCs would get 10% of state budget


Legislature considered bill (unpassed) that
limited fee increases and calling for a waiting
period before increases could take effect



Source: Daily Bruin: http://www.dailybruin.com/index.php/article/2010/02/despite
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flaws
-
governors
-
budget
-
proposal
-
uc
-
protest

What’s Next?


Attend the Can You Hear Us Now? concert on 4/14:

hearusnowca.com


Call a Republican CA legislator & ask that the tax
extensions be put on the June ballot


Become Chancellor Block’s Facebook friend & ask for
more student reps on budget committee


ASK QUESTIONS!


Ask your professors how budget cuts
are affecting their departments