Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Play

Opening statements today in appeal to protect DACA; last chance to register to vote in MO August primary; and mapping big-game routes.

Play

Highland Park mass shooting witnesses describe horrific scene, police release details about shooter, and Rudy Giuliani, Senator Lindsey Graham, receive subpoenas as part of an investigation surrounding former President Trump.

Play

From flying saucers to bologna: America's summer festivals kick off, rural hospitals warn they do not have the necessities to respond in the post-Roe scramble, advocates work to counter voter suppression, and campaigns encourage midterm voting in Indian Country.

Report: Colleges Must Avoid Across-the-Board Cuts, Despite Pandemic

Play

Friday, November 20, 2020   

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Budget experts predict California will face multi-billion-dollar deficits in 2022 and beyond as a result of the pandemic, and groups are calling on policymakers to protect higher education.

Places such as community colleges will be key to getting people trained and back to work -- but only if they can stay in business. A new report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation cautions against indiscriminate funding cuts.

Gabriella Gomez, deputy director of U.S. policy, advocacy and communications for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said a budget should not be a blunt instrument.

"These cuts, where you 'slash and burn' across the board, just don't work," she said, "and actually what ends up happening is, there's tremendous rollback."

The report calls for a "students-first" approach and functions as a guide for policymakers to support lower-income students of color and adult learners who are retraining after losing their jobs. That means protecting financial aid and prioritizing the community college systems that serve vulnerable populations.

During the Great Recession, California cut $1.5 billion from higher education. Schools had to reduce classes and raise tuition -- and, as a result, enrollment still is down more than a decade later. This time, Gomez said, states can do better.

"Let's not repeat the mistakes of the past," she said. "Let's actually take what we know from the past and apply it in this context right now."

The report also suggested that colleges and universities dedicate staffers to helping students finish their degrees, and promote short-term credentials in job fields that are currently in demand.

---

Support for this reporting was provided by Lumina Foundation.


get more stories like this via email

Social Issues

Currently, there are nearly 1,300 Superfund sites on the National Priorities List, including 11 that are located in 10 Iowa towns and cities. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

Starting this month, chemical companies will resume being taxed for cleanup of areas with a lot of leftover toxic waste, also known as Superfund …


Social Issues

Today is the deadline for Missouri residents to make sure they are registered to vote if they want to cast a ballot in the August primary. Eligible …

Social Issues

As states ban abortion with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, women's advocates in New York and beyond are raising awareness of the outsized impact …


About 150,000 DACA program participants live and work in California. (Jesus/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The fate of more than 600,000 so-called "dreamers" hangs in the balance as opening statements are heard today in a case that could make or break the D…

Environment

A four-year project to map big-game routes throughout the West will end without additional funds from Congress - at least for now. Since 2018…

Coal-fired energy generation accounts for as much as 80% of air pollutants in some parts of the country. (lilifest/Adobe Stock)

Environment

Groups working to curb climate change said a Supreme Court ruling limiting the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to control carbon …

Environment

Government labels on meat products that say "humane" or "raised in a stress-free environment" are meaningless, according to some animal-rights groups…

Social Issues

As hurricane season kicks into full gear, Pennsylvania officials are reflecting on the impacts of Hurricane Agnes 50 years ago, and urging property …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021