Daily Archives: March 16, 2011

Announcement!!!!! PASSHE Statewide Rally, Tues Mar 22

WCU Community Members:

Please spread as far and wide as you can!

West Chester University APSCUF will be hosting a rally on Tuesday, March 22, to encourage the PA legislature to reject Governor Corbett’s Budget and adequately fund the PA State System of Higher Education next year and in the future.  This is part of a statewide effort to hold rallies at all 14 campuses the day before Senate hearings on the Budget begin.
When: Tues, March 22 from 1:15-2;30.
Where: The lawn by the Ehinger Gym, at the corner of Church St and University Ave, behind the bus stop.
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.
We are expecting media to be there, so it’s important that the turnout is strong.  We need to make a showing to the Governor and the whole state that our universities matter!
Because of the media presence, however, and the presence on campus of a team from the organization responsible for WCU’s academic accreditation, we (respectfully but firmly) ask that you PLEASE be judicious and respectful in your tone and style if you make signs or banners.  The Governor and his supporters don’t need any more fodder to convince voters and legislators of the wrong message.
More announcements and flyers for the rally will soon be sent around campus through multiple outlets.
In Solidarity,

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Links for 3/16, including one “Contact Your Legislator” link

Folks: Sending out today’s links a little early.  Eric Hawrelak, the statewide APSCUF mobilization/strike committee chair, just posted this first one on Facebook, and it’s too good not to send now.  The others are primarily information, news, and coverage from around the state. 

Anything you want posted, send to Seth

Without further ado… 

“Does Your Alma Mater Matter?  It Doesn’t to Governor Corbett”

Click here to send messages to Governor Corbett and your local legislators via the PA House Democratic Caucus.  Another easy, convenient way to let your representatives know that you want them to FIGHT this. 


Union Estimates 19,000 Teacher Layoff Slips So Far in California

A story about the massive layoffs in CA due to the Republican-led
legislature’s refusal to consider tax increases.  Once again, teachers
suffer for the tax breaks for the wealthy.


National Institute on Money in State Politics

Click here to research contributions to state and local candidates; you can search by race, by position, by district.  You can also find out what professions/fields contributors come from and how much they gave.


[Corbett’s Budget Secretary] Zogby Talks Budget

Clip of a radio spot on WITF.  The lead on their website says, “Governor Corbett’s budget has been public for a week now. The spending plan cuts more than a billion dollars out of education spending. WITF’s Scott Detrow sat down with Budget Secretary Charles Zogby at the Capitol. He began the interview by asking Zogby to respond to criticism Corbett could have kept spending in place, if he had raised corporate taxes.”

Our colleague Ken Ehrensal (KU) adds this:  On the topic of the cuts to higher education, he justified the cuts by concerns with the effectiveness of the institutions and the “results” that we generate as measured by FOUR (4) year graduation rates.  He also made negative comments about higher education’s attempt to “rationalize a 5-6 year graduation rate as the norm.”  While he was willing to put some of the blame on the students for not working hard enough and focusing on their studies, he also seemed to lay some blame on the institutions for not making courses available.


Students, Faculty Express Concerns about Gov’s Proposed Budget

Allentown TV station’s coverage of the open forum at KU yesterday (3/15).


A Video Introduction to Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine

If you’re not familiar with Klein’s book, she lays bare the political strategy of “shock doctrine” (hence the name).  If you’re shocked that Gov. Corbett would propose such a drastic cut to the PASSHE budget, watch this video for a good introduction/summary of the strategy behind it.


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[Via a current WCU student who’s student-teaching, and because this will get broadcast on Facebook, I’m protecting his/her identity]

The Lancaster Journal is hosting a Call-In Poll. Here’s the student’s Facebook post–

Please call 1-866-346-7655 to vote on Gov. Corbett’s Budget. Support education and press 4 then # to strongly disapprove of this budget. Your child’s future and quality of education may depend on it! It takes 30 seconds!! I just did it!”

I just did it too; it’s legit. Maybe not the most powerful statement, but a quick and easy one nonetheless.


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Links for Tues 3/15

Links for Tues 3/15 (and overnight):

Penn State University’s President Responds to Budget Cut Proposal

Pennsylvania’s Corbett Expands Conservative War on the Middle Class

Assault on Collective Bargaining Illegal, Says International Labor Rights Group

Corbett’s Unreal Budget for Higher Education

Just as a reminder, if you want links posted, send them to Seth.  It’s helpful if you can include the headline or Title Bar for the page.

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