Readers may be interested to know that it wasn't just music and drama. The complete list of programs targeted fell into two categories. Programs in which a “reduction in force is necessary” - aka faculty layoffs - included Anthropology, Disabled Student Programs, Forestry, Health education, Library, Manufacturing technology, Music, Physical education, Physics, Psychology, and Reading*; and programs that needed “potential reductions … but the FT faculty positions would not be reduced” – Art, Cinema, Construction Tech, Digital Media, Drama, Office Technology. Of those in the first list, with expected faculty layoffs, I've marked with an asterisk those that have only one full time faculty member. Faculty laid off most likely would have had to leave the area in search of another job. That would have created a ripple effect in the local economy. Local leaders and advocates need to unify to find a way to maintain our local colleges, but also pay attention to what the Governor and the legislature is doing. The Student Success initiative was barely noticed locally, but now we have to deal with the impact. Our chance to speak up and influence that change is gone.
While I agree that animals are misused and abused, PETA has always been a suspicious organization, and a bit creepy. They were the original eco-terrorists. They only softened their message somewhat in recent years as a way to get more sympathy and thus more money. PETA embodies the "ends justifies the means" philosophy. Also, act first, justify later. Both of which could be applied to anything to make it OK.
Brian, I contend that it doesn't matter why he is in prison. The consequences that one must face as a result of poor decisions and/or destructive, harmful actions, should never include torture. Any consequences imposed by society in the form of punishment or retribution must be through established processes of law, not through decisions of prison employees. Look up the famous "Stanford Prison Experiment" and see how prisons affect both the imprisoned and the imprisoners in extremely negative ways. Controls are required on both sides of the bars to prevent tragedies on both sides.
In reply to HUH, and others, if CR truly were considering the "employment-related needs of the community" they would be developing a program in hydroponics. Aside from that multi-billion dollar industry, the "employment-related needs of the community" are a freakin' joke. What the community needs are more EMPLOYERS. CR is one of the top employers in the area, so these layoffs will have a ripple effect.
Art and music are easy targets, and I am not surprised to see them dissed here in anonymous blog postings. I am surprised and saddened to see them dissed by our educational leaders and decision-makers at both the state and local level.
The state's new rules about repeatability were crafted with exactly these programs in mind- but also athletics and any other field where practice is required to develop expertise. Because taxpayers don't want to pay for it, because they don't see the value of it, and they elected the legislators to cut "government waste" and to hell with the consequences.
Every one of us is one heartbeat away from losing our jobs, our homes, our food, our friends and family, our lives. One mistake you make, or one mistake made by a complete stranger, could could put you into a downward spiral. Indignant self-righteousness does not solve the problem.
If Humboldt County is in fact attracting meth addicts and other lowlifes, I doubt that Betty Chinn or any other support services provided to the poor, the homeless, and the hungry is the cause; more likely, it's the hope for quick pot money.
Sure, maybe some people choose homelessness. Some people also choose to be racist, to express class bias, to be ignorant and selfish. Some people choose to oppress and vilify those they don't like or feel superior over. Who's the biggest sinner? Who's to cast the first stone?
We never found out who pooped and peed on the bank. Maybe it was a homeless person desperate for a toilet; maybe it was a political statement; maybe someone was ill; maybe it was a dog. We have shelters for abandoned or abused animals, surely we can provide the same services for our fellow Homo Sapiens?
Prop 32 not only restricts unions' ability to speak, to advocate, and to fund political campaigns. It also FREES UP corporations' ability to do the same.
Unions are, by far, NOT the biggest contributors, see: http://maplight.org/us-congress/interest for a detailed breakdown.
Whatever your opinion might be on unions, it seems to me that even the most rabid union-hater out there, must recognize the inherent unfairness of this proposition. Do you really support more freedom for global corporations, which have loyalty only to their profits, over any other groups, including unions?
Polls over the last 20 years or more have consistently shown that voters want greater transparency and accountability in campaign financing. The only groups that want this proposition are the big money corporate interests.
Lastly, union members already have the freedom to opt-out of payroll deduction, for any reason. Many union members find it a convenient way to participate. The unions collect small sums from many workers. Corporations take it from their profits, most of which you paid for when you bought the product or service, whether you agree with their position or not. Unions have to listen to members, and keep their interests in mind when supporting campaigns. Corporations don't give a shit what you think.
As a percent of GDP, the US is well within the range of comparable countries: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/Educational_expenditure_statistics
The PISA test results have been endlessly argued for years. And, Finland, the top achiever, does not use competitive testing much at all:
My core argument here is that we can't let our schools and colleges fall apart while we struggle with that reform for a year or two or three. And, given the political mood of no compromise, that could take a while.
Try telling Superintendent Eagles that he has been "pissing away" our tax money. I'm sure he will appreciate your advice.
These are drastic losses that will directly affect lives of children, teachers, and students right here in our community. When you see a building on fire, with people inside suffering, you will hope the firefighters arrive in time to save them. You don't stand back and argue that the fire department is ineffective and gets too much money anyway and needs to be reformed from the top down. You don't use that as a reason to claim that the people are not worth saving.
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