Protesters Rally Against Higher Education Cuts In California

BERKELEY (KCBS) – A day of statewide protests against planned cuts in higher education was held on Wednesday, including a rally at UC Berkeley.

It was a sparse turnout at Sproul Plaza, the traditional meeting place for such actions on campus. But the message was loud and clear.

“To stop the budget cuts happening to the schools and protect what we love: our education,” said 13-year-old middle school student Mason Gutierrez. “To stop Jerry Brown’s $1.4 billion budget cuts, which are going to be taking effect on higher education.”

Although Gutierrez is not a college student, he said he has a dream of one day attending art school.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

Tania Kappner with the group By Any Means Necessary said she believes the movement will grow.

“I see today as the launch of a whole campaign to fight for the money we need for the schools and to fight against the budget cuts,” said Kappner.

Those at the rally also touched on the events in Egypt and Libya. But UC Berkeley senior Michael Deamer, who watched the protest, said there was an overall lack of clarity behind the message, as the group was taking on too many issues.

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  • Disgusted


  • VoiceofReason

    What’s your solution Disgusted? Where do you propose to raise funds? And who cares what a 13-year-old non-taxpaying; fiscally clueless kid says?

    Cut everything across the board!

  • Milan Moravec

    Spen thrift Chancellor Birgeneau is the problem not Gov Brown. A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Competent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on problems and on what steps he was taking to solve them. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, and the problems just piled up to $150 million of inefficiencies….until there was no money left.
    It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies in the system. Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) engaged some expensive ($7.2 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.

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