Raising Salaries of Cal State University Execs is A-Okay, Lawmakers Decide

Categories: School Daze
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​We're beginning to lose count of the number of times public education advocates begin their "official statements" with something akin to "It's a sad day for education!" 

This time, the opener comes from Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), whose bill to curb pay increases for college administrators was rejected this morning, just a day after trustees of the California State University system approved 10 percent boosts to two university presidents. (Cal State Fullerton's Mildred Garcia is getting her base salary bumped up to $324,500.)  

"It is another sad day for our students," Yee said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the Education Committee has sent the completely wrong message. Rather than stand up for students and faculty, they protected the 1 percent and condoned CSU's bad behavior. CSU students and California taxpayers deserve better than the status quo."

Senate Bill 967 received just four of the six votes needed for approval by the Senate Education Committee. The bill would prohibit pay hikes, along with increases in vehicle and housing allowances, for Cal State administrators for two years if student fees were being increased or budgets were being cut. It would also ask the University of California to follow the same restrictions, though the UC system is constitutionally independent.   

Yee may bring the bill back for a vote at a later date. 

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FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

My "liberal paranoia" is acting up again because, once again, there's money to be found for the admin at a great cost to the students and teachers. If they really cared about education they would trim the fat of the bureaucracy instead of cutting virtually everything else to the bone. I have to wonder if the goal is to kill public education completely...

mitch young
mitch young

Why do Chinese give (or at used to give) there kids those ultra-WASPy names? Isn't there a Yale Wong, too? 

While it looks bad, the top administrators salaries really aren't going to make that much difference. SDSU, for example, has about 45,000 students. So cutting the head honchos salary by $120,000 wouldn't even get the average student half a burrito and the Chipotle on campus. Even if you cut several top administrators salaries, it would be pretty hard to get to more than 50 dollars per year reduction for students. 

The problem with California is this: we have allowed to settle, often against our will, a population with low skills, low education, and high fertility. Their households cost a lot to maintain at a first world standard, to 'education' the children, to provide 'free' lunches and 'breakfasts', to stock those WIC stores I see more and more of, to incarcerate their more than averagely criminal youth, and so on. Now, I'm sure that Josefina the 'housekeeper' or Pedro the lawn guy are fine, hardworking individuals, but the just don't pay their way in terms of taxes. As those like them increase, well, the state goes further in the hole, and our 'public amenities' suffer.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Excellent article Michelle! 

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