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
On Monday, Gov. Chris Gregoire will appear at Cleveland High School in Seattle with representatives from Microsoft and Boeing to sign four higher-education related bills. The governor’s office sent out an advisory saying she’ll ”take action on several bills that will transform higher education in Washington state. After Gregoire acts on the bills, (Microsoft and Boeing leaders) will speak to the audience of students about the importance of education.”
The bills will transform higher education alright. One of them, House Bill 1795, allows the state’s universities and colleges to set their own tuition rates (previously that authority rested with the Legislature). At UW and WSU, that means at least 16 percent annual tuition hikes for the next several years. That’s on top of big recent increases. Resident tuition for this academic year at UW was $8,701; it was $3,761 10 years ago.
H.B. 1795 is necessary because the Legislature passed and Gregoire signed a two-year state budget that eliminates a half-billion dollars (that’s billion with a ‘B’) in state support for higher education.
In return for the power to name their price, the state’s schools have agreed to admit more in-state freshmen and to provide more financial aid to middle class students. Gregoire will also attach her signature to H.B. 2088. That’s the mechanism by which some of this extra aid money, from a combination of public and private sources, is supposed to come. However it’s somewhat light on concrete details. It’s basically a “the check is in the mail” measure.
Another bill Gregoire will sign, Senate Bill 5182, eliminates the Higher Education Coordinating Board. That panel was created 25 years ago to set higher education policy and provide unvarnished, independent analysis and advice. It will be replaced by a new panel that reports directly to the governor – so much for independence.
Appearing with Gregoire Monday will be Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, and Boeing Vice President Laura Peterson. They’re the ones who will speak about the importance of higher education.
Indeed, those two companies, which employ thousands of well-educated, smart people, have been pressuring Olympia for years to make higher education a priority. But at the same time they’ve been railing against new taxes – they apparently think Olympia can adequately pay for a top notch higher education system on positive thoughts and good cheer. The Daily Beast recently listed Microsoft and Boeing as being among the nation’s top 15 corporate tax dodgers.
And the two companies were among those formally opposing Initiative 1098, the measure voters defeated last year which would’ve imposed an income tax on the wealthy to pay for education.
You’ve got to admire the chutzpah.
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
In “Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students,” The Education Trust demonstrates how much low-income students must stretch to pay for college, even after grant aid is taken into account. The report (download here) finds that just five of the nation’s nearly 1,200 four-year colleges and universities have student bodies that are at least 30 percent low-income and offer low-income students a reasonable chance at a bachelor’s degree at an relatively affordable cost. (A sixth institution, Berea College, makes it its mission to educate and graduate low-income students and therefore charges no tuition.)
The result? Far too many low-income students are priced out of higher education.
The average low-income family, the study finds, must contribute an amount roughly equivalent to 72 percent of its annual household income each year just to send one child to a four-year college. That’s after all sources of grant aid are taken into account. Meanwhile, middle-class and high-income families contribute amounts equivalent to just 27 percent and 14 percent of their yearly earnings, respectively.
Budget-balancing battles at the state and federal levels threaten to make this bad situation even worse, by cutting grant aid for low-income students. For example, the Pell Grant Program, the cornerstone of federal efforts to make college affordable for these students, faces serious threats in the FY 2012 budget negotiations. The U.S. Senate recently rejected the House of Representatives’ move to slash support for the program, yet it remains unclear how Pell ultimately will fare once the Senate finally drafts its own budget. At stake are the dreams of the more than 10 million Americans who rely on Pell to afford college.
Use Ed Trust’s new tool to explore the net-price data for each of the 1,186 four-year institutions examined in “Priced Out.” See how your alma mater stacks up. Compare individual public and nonprofit intuitions to each other. What about the for-profits? Fueled by federal net-price data, which is available to the public for the first time, this tool offers critical new insights into the colleges available to low-income people.
See, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Only 5 Colleges Do By For Low-Income Students, Report Says
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.
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