For years we have listened to claims that as the budget got worse, student tuition needed to be continuously raised, faculty and staff salaries must be frozen or lowered, more and more programs would be limited or eliminated, and larger class sizes were the “new normal”. Over the past decade, state funding for community colleges has been reduced to whatever the State has leftover, with a little help from International student revenue and an occasional grant. In short, we are being told higher education and training programs – and the teachers who provide them – are not a priority.
Local AFT 1789, your union, is standing up to lead a campaign to put a stop to this madness. See the campaign website for more details.