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Stay up to date with the latest news and information on California higher education. Plus, blogs that are unabashedly pro-higher education, offering what you need to know to be a passionate advocate for our colleges and universities.

New Poll: Slim Majority Supports School Facilities Bond

On February 20, 2020, The Public Policy Institute of California published a new poll, “Californians and Their Government.” Here’s an excerpt:

A slight majority of likely voters (51%) support a March ballot measure for a $15 billion bond to construct and modernize public education facilities.

Read the report on the PPIC website.

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Prop 13 on the Ballot in California – Just Not the Prop 13 Everyone’s Worried About

On February 19, 2020, Planetizen published, “Prop 13 on the Ballot in California—Just Not the Prop 13 Everyone’s Worried About.” Here’s an excerpt:

A case of mistaken identity has embroiled California in election controversy, as claims of bias and misinformation swirl around Prop 13 (2020), Prop 13 (1978).

Read the complete editorial on the Planetizen website.

Paid for by Yes on Proposition 13 – California Coalition for Public Higher Education.  Committee major funding from: UC Berkeley Foundation, Southern California Partnership for Jobs (nonprofit 501(c)(6)), and UC Santa Barbara Foundation.

LA Times Endorsement: Yes on Proposition 13 for school upgrades

On February 11, 2020, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board published, “Endorsement: Yes on Proposition 13 for school upgrades.” Here’s an excerpt:

California schools already are underfunded compared with other states. The minimum that voters can do is ensure that students attend schools that are safe and modern, reflecting California’s commitment to education, perhaps the state’s most important investment.

Read the complete editorial on the LA Times website.

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Op-Ed: Vote Yes on Prop 13 For Safer Schools

On February 9, 2020, the UCSF Synapse published an op-ed by Benjamin Adam Catching, vice president of External Affairs- Graduate Representative for the Graduate Professional Student Association (GPSA), and Sharleen Gill, vice president of External Affairs- Professional Representative for GPSA, titled, “Vote Yes on Prop 13 For Safer Schools.”  Here’s an excerpt:

A safe and modern classroom to learn in is the bare minimum. These changes require a lot of money, highlighting the severity of the problem. Many have endorsed it, including the San Francisco Chronicle.

In addition, Proposition 13 will provide $9 billion to remove mold and asbestos from buildings, ensure clean drinking water sources, and make sure pre-K-12 schools are safe. Who could say that these improvements are not necessary for the children in this state?

Read the complete article on the UCSF Synapse website.

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PROP 13: HOW A VOTE CAN RESTORE SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE STATEWIDE

On February 10, 2020, UC Irvine’s New University published a letter to the editor from Dashay Richmond, Associated Students UCI external vice president and UC Student Association chair, titled, “Prop 13: How a Vote Can Restore School Infrastructure Statewide.” Here’s an excerpt:

Investing in the higher public education infrastructure is not an option for California, it is a necessity. As the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) noted, the retirement of the baby boomers represents the first time in California’s history that such a large and well-educated generation is exiting the labor force.

Their exodus from the workforce is the main reason the PPIC said the state will need 1.1 million more graduates with bachelor’s degrees in the next 10 years than are expected to graduate now. But meeting employers’ demand for educated workers will be challenging in California’s aging public higher education systems. Nearly 60% of the UC’s public buildings are more than 30 years old, with 42% of that space built between 1950 and 1980. In CSU, half the space is 40 years or older, and a third is more than 50 years old.

So if we wish to have the educated workforce keep the economy strong, we need to be sure we’re registered to vote and then vote yes on Prop. 13.

Read the complete article on the New University website.

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Support Education Bond Measure to Fix Old Buildings and Create a Better Future for Our State

On January 23, 2020, UC San Diego’s The Guardian published an op-ed by Kamron Williams, vice-president of external affairs for associated students – UC San Diego, titled, “Support Education Bond Measure to Fix Old Buildings and Create a Better Future for Our State.”  Here’s an excerpt:

 From the flooded apartments at Marshall Lower Apartments to the daily struggle for students in wheelchairs to make their way throughout campus, we can all see the need for improvements here at UC San Diego. Our university faces the same challenges as all the state’s public four-year universities and colleges: Older buildings and too little money to maintain and update them.

Read the complete article on the The Guardian website.

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Letter to the Editor: To Fix Our Campus, Please Vote for Prop 13 on March 3

On January 28, 2020, UC Santa Barbara’s Daily Nexus published a letter to the editor from Kaitlyn Medland, coordinator of Fund the UC Campaign in the Office of the External Vice President of Statewide Affairs at UC Santa Barbara, titled, “To Fix Our Campus, Please Vote for Prop 13 on March 3.” Here’s an excerpt:

“If you have trudged up multiple flights of stairs due to broken elevators, lived with three people in a dorm room built for two or struggled to get some outdated piece of equipment to work in a lab, you’ve seen evidence of the lack of funding for the upkeep of our campus and accommodation of our growing student population. UC Santa Barbara is, like all of the state’s four-year public universities and colleges, strapped for the funds needed to keep its aging buildings, dorms and equipment up to date and to provide adequate housing for its students.”

Read the complete article on The Daily Nexus website.

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Support Campus Seismic Safety, Vote for Prop. 13

On January 24, 2020, UC Berkeley’s The Daily Californian published an op-ed by Varsha Sarveshwar, president of the University of California Student Association, titled, “Support Campus Seismic Safety, Vote for Prop. 13.” Here’s an excerpt:

“In fall, UC Berkeley conducted a seismic assessment of its buildings — and the results were, well, shaky. The assessment found that 68 UC Berkeley buildings posed a “serious” or “severe” risk to life. Many of these buildings are a second home to us students: the Cesar E. Chavez Student Center, Doe Memorial Library, Sproul Hall, Valley Life Sciences Building, Zellerbach Hall and Evans Hall.

Read the complete article on the The Daily Californian website.

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Op-ed: Prop. 13 Would Finance Much-Needed Repair of Aging Campus Infrastructure

On January 27, 2020, the UCLA Daily Bruin published an op-ed by Aidan Arasasingham, government relations chair for the University of California Student Association, titled, “Op-ed: Prop. 13 Would Finance Much-Needed Repair of Aging Campus Infrastructure.”  Here’s an excerpt:

“Even at the nation’s top public university, campus spaces are not always top-notch. From broken desks to leaky pipes, inaccessible classrooms to routine flooding, it’s easy to see how UCLA is buckling under the strain of being the second-oldest and most populous University of California campus in the system.”

Read the complete article on the Daily Bruin website.

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Proposition 13 would spend $15B on California schools

On February 3, 2020, the Daily Democrat reported that “Proposition 13 would spend $15B on California schools”:

Proposition 13, the only statewide measure on the March 3 ballot, would create a $15 billion bond to build, repair and modernize schools, from kindergarten through public colleges and universities.

Many school districts, like West Contra Costa, say they do not receive adequate state funding to make repairs and fully modernize their buildings, leading to a “Band-Aid approach” of repairs atop repairs and deferred maintenance that was on full view during a recent tour of Lake elementary in San Pablo.

Most of the money from the proposed bond — $9 billion — would go to K-12 schools, with priority given to addressing health and safety concerns, including earthquake risks and removing toxic mold and asbestos from aging classrooms and lead from drinking water. Of that, $5.8 billion would go to updating school facilities, followed by $2.8 billion for new construction and $500 million each for charter schools and facilities for technical education.

It also would put an end to the first-come, first-served process of allocating funds that critics say has favored richer districts, which often have special staff or can hire consultants to focus on funding applications. The new system would set aside 10% of state money for districts with fewer than 2,500 students and give up to 5% more of state matching money to low-income districts.

Read the complete article on the Daily Democrat website.

 

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