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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Eating it's Seed Corn - California's Higher Education Cuts

The state of California is eating it's seed corn. Spending on prisons has grown 200% in the last 10 years to be more than is spent on the UC System for education in California. The amount spent on higher education has gone down, while Prisons have gone up. The result is some Cal States canceled summer school, laying off teachers, and reducing enrollment as more people seek to go to college in California.

It costs as much to have a person in prison, as it does to go to Harvard. More is spent to house 167,000 adults in Prison, than it does to educate 226,000 in the UC System And don't even get me started on why have more UC and Cal States not been built in the So. CA area.

Jeff Bleich, the outgoing chair of the 23-campus 450,000-student California State University system, warns, "California is on the verge of destroying the system [of higher education] that once made this state great." Disinvesting in higher education is an economic mistake says the UC Berkeley law school graduate, "For every dollar the state invests in a CSU student, it receives $4.41 in return."

I find this quote so sad, also from Jeff Bleich:

In the 1980s, 17% of the state budget went to higher education and 3% went to prisons. Today, only 9% goes to universities and 10% goes to prisons.

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