Tuesday, April 15, 2008

No Books For Peasants


Schwarzenegger's current proposal for the California budget cuts $380 million out of the California State University system. The University I work at is responding by reducing the number of admitted freshman by 300 next year. This culling of the herd is being enacted by moving deadlines forward, and eliminating those students who don't meet the earlier deadlines. That means that a lot of students who've done everything according to the rules will be out of luck because the rules have changed. I've already been dealing with some of the parents of those 300 kids that won't get admitted, and they've got no idea what they're in for. Imagine pinning your hopes on a school, planning the next 4+ years of your life around it, and jumping through all the hoops of the application process, only to find out at the last minute that your application has been denied. In California today, where college is considered essential to the attainment of a decent life, and where no alternatives to college are mentioned, those 300 students are absolutely fucked.

The irony of this is that Schwarzenegger won re-election by a landslide. I'm guessing that a lot of the parents of those 300 students voted for Arnold. And now Arnold is screwing them.

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