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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.

Op-Ed: Highlanders must support California Proposition 13 on March 3rd for critical seismic infrastructure investment at UC Riverside

On February 25, 2020, UC Riverside’s The Highlander published an op-ed from Vincent Rasso, a third year Political Science and Public Policy undergraduate at UC Riverside, director for government relations at the Associated Students of UCR, and a system-wide representative for the UC Student Association.  Titled “Highlanders must support California Proposition 13 on March 3rd for critical seismic infrastructure investment at UC Riverside,” here’s an excerpt:

For the future of higher education in California, I affirm strong support for the bipartisan California Coalition for Public Higher Education: teachers, doctors, nurses, firefighters and many more who are supporting a school improvement bond on the March 3rd California Primary ballot: Prop. 13. This massively important measure will provide $15 billion in critically needed funding aimed at protecting students, from pre-kindergarten through college, by supporting infrastructure on our campuses that ensures our health and safety in school.

The bond measure, officially titled the California Public Preschool, Kindergarten-12 and College Health and Safety Bond, might host the same ballot-designated number as the 1978 tax measure that largely defunded public schools in communities across the state, but this measure stands to reflect the complete opposite – the strongest school bond in California’s history. Campuses at the UC, CSU, and community colleges stand to gain $6 billion in facilities reinvestment, with an additional $9 billion that will fund critical health and safety improvements for California’s pre-K-12 schools.

For Highlanders who are casting their votes on March 3rd, voting YES ON PROP 13 is a critical step that we must take by highlighting the concerns we face on our campuses regarding deferred maintenance and student safety. It is more important than ever for our voices to reflect the needs of California’s students and families, from kindergarten programs to University education.

Read the complete op-ed on The Highlander website.

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

Letter to the editor: Vote yes on Prop 13 and make Sac State safer

On February 25, 2020, Sacramento State’s The State Hornet published a letter to the editor from Noah Marty, a Sacramento State political science major and vice president of university affairs for Sac State’s Associated Students, Inc., titled, “Vote yes on Prop 13 and make Sac State safer.” Here’s an excerpt:

This would allow our buildings to keep pace with the technology that is needed to properly train the future workers that our universities produce for the state. It has been shown time and time again that the investments made in our higher education system have some of the best long-term returns of any money that the state can spend, and Proposition 13 gives voters a chance to show that they support properly funding our higher education system.

The bond measure also includes strong taxpayer accountability measures that strictly limit administrative costs and mandate independent performance audits of any project it funds. Public hearings will be conducted to ensure public input, and campuses that receive the funds will be required to develop five-year plans to create more affordable student housing.

As a member of student government for three years now, I’ve been through two full cycles of the budgeting process and am entering into my third. I’ve been at the forefront of each effort to secure as much funding as possible, and I know how difficult it is to even reach the baseline level of funding that we need to simply maintain the status quo.

California voters now have an opportunity to give our system, and every other public education institution in this great state, a lifeline to support student safety and the modernization of our campuses.

Read the complete letter on The State Hornet website.

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

From The New York Times: What to Know About Proposition 13

On February 26, 2020, The New York Times published, “What to Know About Proposition 13.” Here’s an excerpt:

It is important to know that this is not, nor does it have any real bearing on, that Proposition 13 — the landmark 1978 initiative that cut property taxes, transformed the state’s finances and has since become a “third rail” in California politics.

In fact, for supporters of this Proposition 13, the one on next week’s ballot, it’s a sort of unfortunate accident of fate that they have the same name.

The proposition that’s on ballots this time is actually a $15 billion bond for public schools — from K-12 all the way through four-year universities — to improve decaying buildings or to construct desperately needed new ones.

Read the complete article on the The New York Times 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.

New op-ed from our co-chairs: “March 3: Voters will decide on $15 billion for schools”

On Feb. 25, 2020, Capitol Weekly published an op-ed from Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine, co-chairs of the California Coalition for Public Higher Education, titled, “March 3: Voters will decide on $15 billion for schools.” Here’s an excerpt:

Proposition 13 is the strongest statewide school bond measure in California history, providing $15 billion to make educational facilities safe for students. It places a priority on fixing fire, earthquake and other life safety issues.

It just happens to have the same number as the tax-cutting measure because of the way the Secretary of State assigns numbers to ballot measures: The numbers are reset to the number 1 one every 10 years, and that leads to the number 13 appearing on the ballot again.

Adding to the potential confusion is another measure, headed for the November ballot that proposes to change the tax-cutting measure. But that is not what voters will be determining on the March 3 ballot.

Instead, the Proposition 13 on the March 3 ballot is a measure that won nearly unanimous support in the state Legislature and has continued to draw bipartisan support, including from our organization of California public higher education system alumni. The proposition also has the support of a broad-based coalition of business organizations, teachers, doctors, nurses, firefighters and military veterans.

Proposition 13 would provide $6 billion to California’s public higher education system, divided equally among the Community Colleges, University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. It would be the first bond measure since 2006 to provide significant money for higher education infrastructure.

Proposition 13 would make another $9 billion available to repair dilapidated classrooms, remove mold and asbestos, replace unsafe drinking water systems, repair broken toilets and make the many other repairs needed to ensure the state’s pre-K-12 schools are safe.

 

Read the complete op-ed on the Capitol Weekly website.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.