Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Modern School: California’s College Crisis: Nearly Half a Million on Waitlist

Modern School: California’s College Crisis: Nearly Half a Million on Waitlist:


California’s College Crisis: Nearly Half a Million on Waitlist

Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons
I hope I will be forgiven for exploiting the word “crisis” after repeatedly criticizing Ed Deformers, politicians and the wealthy for regularly misusing the term. Yet the situation in California’s community colleges seems to warrant such language. After all, the state’s community college system has lost $809 million over the last three years, resulting in mass layoffs, increased fees, the gutting of course offerings (down 24% from the 2008-9 school year), and large increases in 


Most New Jobs Low Pay, Despite Unions & College Degrees

Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons

Studies indicate that those with college educations are more likely to have jobs and earn more money in those jobs than those who lack a degree. Similarly, union workers tend to earn more than workers in similar jobs who lack union contracts. Yet the majority of jobs lost over the past few years were in the middle range of wages, while most of those added during the recovery have been at the lower end of the income range, according to a new report from the National Employment Law Project, suggesting that neither degrees nor unions provide the same security they did a generation ago.