BY HANK REICHMAN
In January a wide variety of academic and labor organizations, including the California conference of the AAUP and the California Faculty Association (CFA), released a report, “The $48 fix: Reclaiming California’s Master Plan for Higher Education,” which demonstrated that tuition could be eliminated at the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) and per-student funding restored to its 2000-01 level through an income surtax of no more than $48/year for the median California taxpayer, less if other sources of revenue are employed. As I wrote at the time on this blog, “While the report is specific to California, there is good reason to think that similar solutions will be both realistic and affordable in other states, if only the political will can be mustered. California’s Master Plan was for decades a model for the 49 other states. Reclaiming it can and should be a model as well.”
Now the Reclaim California Higher Ed Coalition, which sponsored the report, has released a two-minute video explaining how the $48 Fix will work to the benefit of all Californians. Watch it here, and circulate:
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