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San Jose CEO Agrees With Newsom, ‘Invest in K-12 Information Technology’

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his plan to revitalize the state economy on Friday. The plan which involves improving California’s education system has one San Jose tech CEO agreeing that K-12 schools need greater access to information technology in order to remain competitive with other countries already making investments.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

According to the lieutenant governor’s report, thousands of jobs are going unfilled in California because the state remains unable to educate a workforce skilled enough for the next economy.

Tarkan Maner, CEO of Wyse Technology, a cloud computing company, agrees wholeheartedly with Newsom’s report. He said California’s university system is doing a good job, but that public K-12 education is failing.

“We try. We put a lot of postings up with certain skill sets and we cannot find local people. We end up with a lot of students coming from outside,” said Maner.

In a Friday morning panel discussion alongside Newsom and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Maner added that countries like Brazil and China are spending government money to train students on the internet.

Wyse specializes in information technology and Maner has added over 100 positions to his 400 job workforce.

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  • Milan Moravec

    Clean up the waste at University of California UC Board of Regents member Gavin Newsom: do your job! Like with an addiction, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward correcting it. University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom.

    Recruits (using California tax $) out of state, foreign $50,000 tuition students who displace qualified sons, daughters of Californians from public university
    Spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do his & vice chancellors work
    (prominent East Coast University accomplishing same 0 cost).
    University accrues $150 million of inefficiencies over his 8 year reign.
    Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures.
    In procuring $3,000,000 consultants failed to receive proposals from other firms.
    Latino enrollment drops while out of state jumps 2010.
    Ranking : QS academic falls below top ten
    Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top10.
    NCAA places basketball program on probation: absence institutional control.

    These are not isolated examples: it’s all shameful. There is no justification for such irregularities by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.

    Birgeneau’s practices will not change. University of California Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing must do a better job of vigorously enforcing oversight by President Yudof than has been done in the past to Birgeneau who treat the university as his fiefdom.

    Until demonstrable action is swiftly applied to chancellors by the UC Board of Regents/President Yudof, the University of California shouldn’t come to the Governor or public for support for any taxes, additional funding.

    I have 35 years’ consulting experience; have taught at UC Berkeley, where I observed the culture & the way senior management works. No, I was not fired or downsized & have not solicited contracts from Cal.

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