AirTalk for March 4, 2010

Day of action to protest California education cuts

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University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) students Andrea Flores (L) and Kendall Brown (R) and other UCLA students and supporters demonstrate outside the UC Board of Regents meeting where members voted to approve a 32 percent tuition hike next year on November 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Funding for California’s various levels of public education has taken a serious financial hit over the last two years – $18 billion according to United Teachers of Los Angeles. Today, large coalitions of teachers, students, parents and school administrators are taking part in state-wide rallies and marches to protest even deeper cuts. Actions are planned on college, high school and elementary school campuses and in cities across the state. Larry checks in with the protesters to find out their grievances and state officials to dig into the budget realities. How, specifically, are the cuts impacting students and teachers? And do protests like this work?

Guests:

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC’s education reporter

John Travis, Chair of California Faculty Association’s political action committee, Professor of Political Science at Humboldt State

Issamar Camacho, By All Means Necessary (BAMN) Organizer at UC Berkeley, at UCLA today

Joaquin Beltran, Associated Students President at Cal State Los Angeles. He will also be emcee of the Pershing square rally at 5pm.

Steve Boilard, Director, Higher Education in the California Legislative Analyst's Office

Jack Scott, Chancellor, California Community Colleges

H.D. Palmer, Deputy Director of External Affairs, California Department of Finance


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