In WA Has Given Up On the Idea of A ‘Public’ University for Average Families moi said:
At this point where the dollars for education are so few, a Trojan Horse looks pretty darn good. Let’s discuss what happened today at Cleveland High School in Seattle. This has got to be the most cynical piece of stage craft in recent memory. The big balls are really out. Katherine Long describes the meeting of the cabal at Cleveland in the Seattle Times article, Microsoft, Boeing Pledge $50 Million As Tuition Shoots Up
Microsoft and Boeing have pledged a total of $50 million toward a new program that will provide scholarships to Washington undergraduate students majoring in high-demand fields.
The program, authorized by legislation signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday and partly funded with money from the state, could provide as many as 10,000 scholarships of $1,000 apiece when it begins giving out money in December.
The public-private scholarship partnership, dubbed the Opportunity Scholarship Program, aims to soften the blow of double-digit tuition increases at public higher-education institutions this fall. The Legislature cut about $500 million of funding to colleges and universities over two years, essentially shifting a greater portion of the cost of going to a public school to students….
Also Monday, Gregoire signed into law a bill that gives the state’s universities and its one college, The Evergreen State College, authority to set a higher tuition rate than that approved by the Legislature.
The new scholarship program is designed to help both low- and middle-income students — those whose family incomes are up to $97,500 for a family of four — who are going into high-demand fields such as health care, engineering and science. The program represents $25 million each from Boeing and Microsoft, to be donated over five years.
It establishes two accounts, one of which will be used to provide scholarship money beginning in December, and a second account that will form an endowment to provide a funding source for future scholarships.
The state has contributed $5 million for 2011-13 and will begin matching private donations after state revenue collections reach a certain threshold, or in 2014, whichever is later. The goal is to raise $1 billion by the end of the decade for a scholarship endowment.
The legislation also creates the Opportunity Expansion Program, which will award money to higher-education institutions to help them produce more graduates in high-demand fields. Firms eligible for the state research- and development-tax credit can choose instead to donate that money to the Opportunity Expansion Program.
The accounts are separate 501(c)(3) charities, so cannot be touched by the state for any other purpose. And contributors will be eligible for federal tax deductions.
Does the cabal really think that a grant of $1,000 to about 10,000 students will offset the damage of double digit tuition increases and to announce this scheme at an inner city high school where many students will need substantial aid – big balls. I don’t know who is running for governor, but moi is almost at the point of anyone, but ……
The governor and the legislature set into motion the surgical removal of the term “public” from the university system which is physically located in Washington.
In 3rd World America: WA Middle Class Screwed by Political Class moi said:
For those of the peeps who are still clinging to notions of political affiliation, ponder this. You had a democrat governor, a democrat legislature, and supposedly progressive media outlets who caved to the smoke and mirrors of the snake oil salesman from Mukilteo and the peeps got screwed. Moi would love to say that we have the best government that money could buy, but we have the government that the Goldman Sucks have bought for us and it serves at their pleasure, not in the interest of the peeps. That is why moi is an independent. Now for the latest in the saga of throwing the peeps under the bus.
Chris Gyrgiel has a masterful post at Seattle PI.Com, Gregoire, Microsoft, and Boeing ‘Transform’ Higher Education
This cabal is helping to transform this country and this state into the 3rd world.
What does this mean for the peeps? Education Trust has a new report, Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students
See, The Chronicle of Education’s Only 5 Colleges Do By For Low-Income Students, Report Says
Katherine Long is reporting in the Seattle Times article, UW Looks At 20% Tuition Hike
The University of Washington may raise undergraduate, in-state tuition by about 20 percent or more next year, the second-largest percentage increase in the school’s history. At that rate, tuition and fees would rise this September to $10,574 from $8,700.
The actual increase is slightly higher than 20 percent because mandatory fees also are going up.
But university officials say when added together, tuition and fees would still be slightly lower than the price of a year at Washington State University, and below the average charged by comparable schools.
The UW’s Board of Regents met Thursday and are expected to make a final decision June 30.
If the board approves an increase of 20 percent or more, UW could become the only university in the state to take advantage of a new state law allowing four-year schools to set a tuition rate above the level assumed by the Legislature’s operating budget.
None of Washington’s other four-year universities appears likely to increase tuition beyond the budgeted amount. WSU’s regents have already approved a tuition increase of 16 percent; when fees are added in, the cost of a year at the Pullman campus will be $10,798.
Western Washington University’s board of trustees will vote on a 16 percent increase Friday. Central Washington University and The Evergreen State College are both considering 14 percent increases, and Eastern Washington University plans to raise tuition by 11 percent.
If the UW increases tuition beyond the amount budgeted by the Legislature, it would be required to plow a larger portion of tuition revenues back into financial aid, lessening the impact on lower-income and some middle-income students. With a 20 percent increase, the UW would have to set aside 5 percent of all tuition revenue, or about $17.2 million, to be used for financial aid.
Students said the increases will be difficult to absorb. Attendance already costs about $24,000 a year, including books and room and board….
Tuition is skyrocketing because the Legislature has dramatically cut funding to higher education. Over the last three years, the amount of money the UW receives from the state has fallen 50 percent. The UW has eliminated hundreds of positions, cut classes, increased class sizes and frozen faculty salaries for the last two years. Under the current budget, faculty salaries will be frozen for two more years.
Moi’s only disagreement with the Grygiel’s comment is the governor and her cabal don’t just have chutzpah for selling the middle class down the river, they have beach balls.
Yup, today the big balls were out today.
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