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Myths and Realities of the Public Education Crisis: UCSC Action Panel

On February 9, the Santa Cruz-based organization Education Rising will convene a discussion panel at UC Santa Cruz: "Myths and Realities of the California Education Crisis: A Panel on Public Education." The panel will feature experts on various aspects of the California public education system, including teachers, activists, students, and policymakers. Come learn about the injustices that characterize California's political situation, as well as how you can be a part of a movement to claim a more just, democratic, and empowering future for our state.
*YOU ARE INVITED*

WHAT: Myths and Realities of the California Education Budget Crisis
WHERE: UC Santa Cruz, Classroom Unit I
WHEN: Wednesday, February 9, 7-9 p.m.
Sponsored by: Education Rising, a program of the American Political Engagement and Empowerment Project (APEEP)

On February 9, the Santa Cruz-based organization Education Rising will convene a discussion panel at UC Santa Cruz: "Myths and Realities of the California Education Crisis: A Panel on Public Education." The panel will feature experts on various aspects of California public education, including teachers, activists, students, and policymakers. Come learn about the injustices that characterize California's political situation, as well as how you can be a part of a movement to claim a more just, democratic, and empowering future for our state.

***Panel Participants***

Confirmed thus far: Mike Males, UCSC sociology professor, author of Framing Youth and the Scapegoat Generation; Jenn Laskin, Renaissance High School teacher and community activist; Sean Burns, UCSC graduate student, instructor of Democracy, Education, and the Radical Imagination

***Some CA Budget Crisis Realities***

In recent years, California public education has been devastated by attacks on affirmative action, integration, and bilingual education. Numerous elementary, junior high, and high schools have closed. Massive budget cuts and increased school privatization have been the unfortunate norm. Undergraduate fees at the University of California have climbed over 50 percent in the past three years, the college outreach program has been gutted, and the UC has become more segregated than the University of Mississippi.

Clearly, these ills do not stem from a lack of state revenue that would make school affordable, nor a lack of space for people of color to attend UC campuses, but from a lack of political will to properly fund and support education. Due to California's draconian sentencing laws, state funding for prisons rose $3 billion between 1985 and 2003, while higher education funding declined by $1 billion —- enough money to lower tuition by $1,800 per university student, $1,300 per state college student, and $500 per junior college student. Twenty-three prisons have been constructed in California in the past 20 years, versus only one university. Meanwhile, due to a variety of factors -- including the Legislature's altering of the tax code -- corporations now pay only seven percent of California tax revenue, down from 14 percent in 1980.

Now, UC officials have agreed to a "compact" with Governor Schwarzenegger that guarantees UC student fees will rise an additional eight percent each of the next two years.

***About Education Rising***

This past Sept. 15-22, twelve members of Education Rising conducted an eight-day, 90-mile walk from San Jose to Berkeley to San Francisco, stopping at 14 different college campuses along the way, to dramatize our support for public education and gain a person-by-person understanding of how the education crisis is affecting our state's citizens (Indymedia coverage here: santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display_any/11419.) We continue to work with various organizations and active constituencies to defend public education, both locally in Santa Cruz and statewide.

***CONTACT US***

To contact Education Rising, call Will Parrish at (831) 438-4323, or Email future (at) riseup.net.
 
 


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Re: Myths and Realities of the Public Education Crisis: UCSC Action Panel

Good info. We need to band together against the privatisation of public education. It's the Rape-publicans last unconquered territory.

Knowledge is power! Power to the People!
 

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