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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:28 PM

(Santa Monica) California College Postpones Plan to Charge Much More for Some Popular Courses

Source: NYT

Following a week of student protests and a request from the chancellor of the California community college system to hold off, Santa Monica College has canceled its plan to offer certain popular courses at higher prices this summer.

At an emergency meeting on Friday, the college’s board of trustees voted to indefinitely postpone implementation of the two-tiered payment system, which would have offered 50 of the courses in the highest demand for $180 per credit hour, in addition to the 700 courses the college already offers for $36.

Speaking to the board and the assembled students and faculty members, the college president, Chui L. Tsang, recommended that the board postpone the payment plan after hearing the objections of so many students.

“Based on these concerns of our college community,” he said, “I feel we need to pause, and take a broader look, and take more time for dialogue.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/us/california-college-drops-plan-for-2-level-course-pricing.html

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:46 PM

1. TAX the OIL and FUND EDUCATION

CAlifornia used to have almost free education. in the 80's, city colleges were 15.00 a unit.

After decades of Republican Governors the costs went up and up even though there is a ton of money in CA.

i"m so glad these people protested the meeting and the police over reacted. Maybe it will wake people up that we as a state and a a country have to invest in our education.

Everyday I do loans for workers being relocated from other countries to work for US corporations.. Many are engineers in Oil and Gas companies, and Tech companies. The companies say they can't find educated US workers.

Besides corporations based in in CA not paying taxes, like Wells Fargo and Chevron, the oil pumped out of the soil all along CA, isn't taxed either. It is shameful.

Right now there is a grassroots group of CA citizens trying to gather enough signatures to get a proposition on the CA ballot to
TAX the RICH and FUND EDUCATION.

http://www.rescueeducationcalifornia.org/#!

TAX OIL TO FUND EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Prohibits oil companies from passing on the tax to consumers by raising gas prices

Did you know that ...

- California loses $3 billion annually because of the Oil Tax Loophole?

- California is the only major oil producing state that has no tax on oil extracted onshore or offshore?

- Alaska's oil extraction tax was raised to 25% by Governor Sarah Palin, and Texas' oil extraction tax produces $2 billion for education annually? A gallon of gasoline is 50 cents less in Texas than in California?

- California's combined "tax" burden on oil production was $4.22 per barrel, and Texas' was $14.33 in 2008, after accounting for regulatory fees, applicable severance taxes, property taxes, and income and franchise taxes, according to analysis by the California State Board of Equalization? (Capitol Weekly 07/15/10)

- California's Oil Companies' CEOs Ray Irani and John Watson (Occidental Petroleum and Chevron) made $76.1 million and $16.3 million in one year, while working class Californians' wages and salaries dropped?

- California is 43rd in per pupil spending K-12, out of 50 states?

- California cut $20 billion from education in the last few years?

- California has laid off thousands of teachers and professors, cut thousands of class sections, expanded class sizes, and turned away thousands of qualified college and university students, reducing graduation rates?

- California has raised college tuition fees by several hundred percent in the last few years?

- California is falling behind our competitors, such as China, South Korea, India, and Germany, in providing free and/or affordable education (professional, scientific, technical, mathematical, literary, and artistic), and as a result is lagging economically?

- California has dropped from the 5th largest to the 8th largest economy in the world, in recent years?

- California, in the 1960s and 1970s, provided tuition free college and university education, as required by Governor Pat Brown's Master Plan for Higher Education?

- California's former governors Arnold Schwarzennegger and Pete Wilson received tuition free education at Santa Monica College and UC Berkeley respectively by paying a $6 service fee and a $37 service fee, respectively, for a full load of classes per semester?

It's time to put California Education back on track !

It's time to put California Education back on track !

The Tax Oil to Fund Education Initiative will close the oil tax loophole and:

raise $3 billion annually for California Education, Kindergarten through College and University, by placing a 15% tax on crude oil and natural gas drilled from California onshore and offshore

prohibit oil companies from passing the tax on to consumers by raising gasoline prices

fine the oil companies if they pass on the tax by raising gasoline prices, and return the money to Californians in annual rebate checks

help retain jobs and create thousands of new jobs in California, and make California competitive in the new global economy, by fully educating our students who will create new technology

restore cut class sections, rehire laid off teachers and professors, reduce class sizes K-12, reduce college tuition fees and increase opportunities for all Californians to graduate and rebuild the disappearing middle class.

www.rescueeducationcalifornia.org
Paid for by Rescue Education California ID#1337724 PO Box 2857, Long Beach, CA 90801 (562) 234-3319

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 10:25 AM

2. Well, hi there market capitalism, welcome to the world of public, community colleges

"...two-tiered payment system, which would have offered 50 of the courses in the highest demand for $180 per credit hour, in addition to the 700 courses the college already offers for $36."


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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 11:15 AM

3. Expensive community colleges is an oxymoron.

These guys seem confused about where they are and what their job is.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 02:50 PM

4. k&r

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 04:44 PM

5. Twenty years ago, the price was $5 a unit.

We need that again. Make provisions that courses must be completed satisfactorily in order not to owe far more money. But keep the access for poor students.

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