Saturday, July 30, 2011

Decreases To Pell?, Stafford Loan Changes?, UC Layoff Changes?, CA Redistricting? That 14th Amendment Thang?

look what's flyin' around out there:

The commission that drafted the new maps are all UC alumni:
New Calif. political maps to favor Democrats

Conservatives angry over Pell Grant funding in Boehner debt bill

Tea Party Won't Vote For Pell Grants For Welfare Queen College Students
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) has compared Pell Grants to “welfare”.

“So you can go to college on Pell Grants — maybe I should not be telling anybody this because it’s turning out to be the welfare of the 21st century,” Rehberg told Blog Talk Radio in April. “You can go to school, collect your Pell Grants, get food stamps, low-income energy assistance, Section 8 housing, and all of a sudden we find ourselves subsidizing people that don’t have to graduate from college.”

oh well, with or without Pell, there's this: See how long it will take California college graduates to break even on their education

and Stafford loans could change too...

The UC Office of the President (UCOP) is proposing to revise the layoff policy that affects professional staff positions.

UC Irvine Dean of Law Erwin Chemerinsky: The Constitution, Obama and raising the debt ceiling

UCLA Prof. Jonathan Zasloff gives his take on the matter. or watch it: here.
"a broader connotation"-- we think Zasloff is on to something!

here, also referenced in the Zasloff piece, are Tribe and Dworkin:
A Ceiling We Can’t Wish Away By Laurence H. Tribe

Can Obama Extend the Debt Ceiling on His Own? Ronald Dworkin

Ezra UCLA alum Klein has even more: here.

wonder who questions the constitutionality of "Super Congresses"

looks like the White House is directly in on the negotiations until the US Senate takes this up again tomorrow 10am PST/1pm EST.
In the interim -- the Asian markets open.
Living in times like these....

1 comment:

  1. Like any addiction, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward correcting it. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom.

    Recruits (using California tax $) out of state, foreign $50,000 tuition students who displace qualified sons, daughters of Californians from public university
    Spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & vice chancellors work
    (prominent East Coast University accomplishing same 0 cost).
    University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over his 8 year reign.
    Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures.
    In procuring $3,000,000 consultants failed to receive proposals from other firms.
    Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010.
    Ranking : QS academic falls below top ten
    Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top10.
    NCAA places basketball program on probation: absence institutional control.

    These are not isolated examples: it’s all shameful. There is no justification for such irregularities by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.

    Birgeneau’s practices will not change. University of California Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing oversight by President Yudof than has been done in the past to Birgeneau who treat the university as his fiefdom.

    Until demonstrable action is swiftly applied to chancellors by the UC Board of Regents/President Yudof, the University of California shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support for any taxes, additional funding.

    I have 35 years’ consulting experience; have taught at UC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management works. No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from Cal.