Reclaiming Public Higher Education

RESOLUTION 17-05.104


WHEREAS the State of California made a commitment in 1960, through the Master Plan for Higher Education, to a high quality, free, and universally accessible higher education for all Californians. However, since the year 2000 the state’s support per student at UC and CSU has dropped by 40%, student fees have exploded by almost 300% and in the past twelve years California residents have graduated with $12 billion in student debt with an average student loan payment of $351 per month which forces them to delay major life decisions; and

WHEREAS the privatization model forced upon systems through a policy of state disinvestment from higher education has led to skyrocketing student fees, historic and disastrous levels of student debt, and misallocated university administrative priorities. Privatization further created a prohibitively intricate and complex financial aid matrix for low income families to access higher education; and,

WHEREAS in recent times, support for such policies has increased amongst the public; according to a December 2016 poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, 67% of respondents agreed public colleges and universities did not receive enough state funding and 72% agreed the cost of attendance keeps students out. A series of proposals for arriving at such a policy conclusion have been set forth across the state, such as the “The $48 fix: Reclaiming California’s Master Plan for Higher Education;” and,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the California Democratic Party supports a recommitment to the Master Plan by increasing public funding to fully fund core operations, restore academic quality and per student funding to historical levels and eliminate tuition at the UC, CSU, and CC through progressive taxation applying to all Californians. Every in-state student ready and willing should have the access and opportunity to attend a public college or university at no additional cost. The financial aid system should be used to support living costs of low- and middle-income students while attending college; and, AND

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports student loan relief through bankruptcy protection of student loans.

Authors: Jonathan Abboud, AD37; Amy Hines-Shaikh, AD14 and Eddie Kirby, AD8; Susie Shannon, AD55; Andrew Becker; AD7 Sponsored by Jonathan Abboud, AD37; Amy Hines, AD14; Edwin Kirby, AD8; Eric C. Bauman, AD46; Alex Gallardo-Rooker, AD7; Daraka Larimore-Hall, AD37; Xochitl Medrano, AD57; Bob Mulholland, AD3; Michael Kapp, AD50; Melahat Rafiei, AD68; Craig Cheslog, AD16; Susan Rowe, AD5; Holly Andradé Blair, AD32; John Griffin, AD44; Jeff Koertzen, AD14; Tamie Dramer, AD7; Carolyn Fowler, AD62; Iyad Afalqa, AD74; Vincent Casalaina, AD15; Norma Alcala, AD7; Nelson Esparza, AD31; William Rodriguez-Kennedy, AD78; Michael Soto, AD44; Jenny Bach, AD7; Mike Sharif, AD7; John Vigna, AD7; Kimberly Ellis, AD15; Daniel Weitzman, AD9; Emily Ramos, AD24

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