Thursday, June 25, 2015


Joe Mathews has an interesting column in Zócalo:

Californians, I regret to inform you that your diploma is being held up. You won’t be able to graduate. 

You flunked higher education. 

Another state budget, accompanied by an eight-month-long controversy over the University of California, demonstrated once again that we Californians don’t have a clue about what our public universities mean to the state. Because if we did, we wouldn’t make them beg us for the money needed to educate more of our children.

Instead, Californians—from our leaders in Sacramento to average voters—think that the UC and California State University systems are too costly and administratively bloated. That tuition is being raised to cover academic nonsense. And that taxpayers already give too much money to higher education. These claims are either nonsense—or the fault of Californians themselves, not the universities...

Full column at

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