AB 955 Passed Ca. Senate Committee: Allows $200/unit Community College Tuition in Summer and Winter

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, the David Cruz Show: (Sep. 2, 2013). Prof. Mathews says Assemblyman Das Williams’ $200/unit bill will impede students’ education. Professor Peter Mathews claims that Assemblyman Das Williams’ bill, AB 955, which will force Community College students to pay the full $200 per unit cost of their education, without state subsidies, during summer and winter sessions, will block middle class students from taking these courses, and slow down their progress. AB 955 was approved by the California Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday August 30, and was sent on its way to a floor debate and vote. If it passes the full Senate, it will go to the Assembly for concurrence, and on to the Governor for signature or veto. Peter Mathews points out that since 2008, the California Legislature has cut $800,000,000 (30% reduction) from the California Community Colleges. This has resulted in 100,000 fewer course offerings and 600,000 students losing access to Community College. Mathews told the radio audience that Das Williams and fellow Legislators should not burden California’s College Students by charging them outrageous tuition fees of $200 per unit but instead, should work to close unproductive corporate tax loopholes, such as the off shoring tax loophole, oil severance tax loophole and the big business property tax loophole, which would generate over $10 billion of additional state revenue which should be used to fully education, reduce college tuition, and invest in small business and California’s infrastructure to create new jobs. Mathews said that this would enable Long Beach City College to restore the vocational and technical programs that were cut last year. Mathews noted that 50,000 well paying  Boeing jobs were lost in the last 20 years in the Long Beach area and need to be replaced. [Listen]

Special Mentions:  Long Beach City College

Peter Mathews: Appropriations Committee Must Bury AB 955’s $200/Unit Community College Tuition Fees

Peter Mathews on KTLK AM 1150, The David Cruz Show: Fri. Aug. 30 Calif. Senate Committee vote to support or oppose $200 unit fee is critical. Professor of American and California Government Peter Mathews noted that the California Senate Appropriations Committee will be deciding, after the end of the regular session, on Fri. Aug 30, whether to support AB 955 and send it on its way toward becoming law, or to stop it in its tracks. Mathews notes that the proposed law would allow California Community College Districts to implement plans to charge students $200 per unit (more than 4 times what students pay now) for Summer and Winter session classes. Mathews warned that this would put Higher Education out of the reach of Working Middle class students, and would further drag down the California economy. Mathews was also critical of the decision of the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees’ decision to eliminate 11 Vocational and Technical Education Certificate programs on which many successful job seekers, including Veterans, rely. Professor Peter Mathews instead suggested closing the Oil Severance Tax loophole, which costs California $4 billion annually, and using that money to fully fund California Public Education, Kindergarten through College and University. When KTLK talk show host David Cruz asked what listeners could do to have their voices heard, Mathews gave out the phone number of the California Senate Appropriations committee so that those who wished could call and express themselves on the very important issue of AB 955’s $200 per unit, probably unconstitutional/illegal, Two-tiered Community College Tuition Fee System.      [Listen]  (10 min.)