Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Don't Get It Twisted

As mentioned earlier,the Gov signed a number of pieces of legislation on higher ed this weekend. Don't mix up the DREAM act leg. with the affirmative action legislation- please read up so that you can tell them apart.

Certain portions did not receive attention, so we have pasted in sections on homelessness of student, LGBT rights, etc. discussed in the coverage, below:

from SF Chron:

Monico, who joined her father in the United States and overstayed her visa, has paid for Berkeley with private donations and a job where she is paid through a third party. She's been homeless and has sneaked into campus buildings to sleep.

this student is discussing her circumstances with a newspaper - likely she also is willing to discuss them with UC-- but she is living like this? troubling.
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and...
The governor also approved a measure by Assemblyman Marty Block (D-San Diego) that will encourage state university systems to collect data on students' sexual orientation and encourage the legislative analyst to use it to recommend improvements in the quality of life for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. That bill is AB 620.

--no race and gender considerations but, yes, they do want to know how you do it? we hope this is optional and privacy rights are respected.
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and,
Bill Gives Aid To Undocumented Students Involved In Student Governments
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Since there was that recent story about UCSD libraries pitching books, we were glad to read: Brown signed AB 438, by Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara), restricting the privatization of public libraries, a growing trend as municipal governments have fallen on hard times.
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this is important:
Jerry Brown Sends Birthday Present to the 99% on 100th Anniversary of Ballot Initiative Process by Jamie Court
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Also, there is this comment/tactic that keeps cropping up-- it goes like this:
just say "Do X, and UC becomes Cal State"-- that's it.
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and there is this on a Koch Bros. funded UC Berkeley scientist
-- yep, you read right-- now read the conclusions.

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