Links of the Week

Californians want more funding for public higher education, survey shows
LA Times
Most Californians believe higher education should be a top priority for the new governor and support increased funding for public colleges and universities, according to a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Looks like Modesto Junior College classes will be canceled due to strike, after all
Modesto Bee
With a two-day strike looming next week, the Yosemite Community College District and a faculty union released statements airing the key bargaining issues in the prolonged negotiation.

Betsy DeVos reinstates controversial gatekeeper of for-profit colleges
Washington Post
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday restored federal recognition to a controversial agency that accredits for-profit colleges, reversing an Obama administration decision to put it out of business.

Professors are selling their plasma to pay bills. Let’s hold colleges’ feet to the fire
The Guardian
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg recently gave $1.8bn to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, for financial aid. The donation, the biggest gift of its kind, will enable Johns Hopkins to ensure permanently need-blind admissions. Bloomberg’s big-ticket donation has received plenty of headlines – and criticism – for simply adding to the coffers of an already elite institution. To me, however, his donation highlights another problem involving money on campus that no philanthropist seems to want to touch: the sheer amount of terribly paid adjuncts now toiling away at American universities.

FBI now classifies far-right Proud Boys as ‘extremist group,’ documents say
The Guardian
The FBI’s 2018 designation of the self-confessed “western chauvinist group” as extremist has not been previously made public.

Is a new toxic danger threatening California?
Capital & Main
There are many well-documented threats to California’s drinking water resources, but the latest has sprung to prominence only relatively recently, and has regulators and lawmakers scrambling for a response.

Midterms show educators have been swept into office in record numbers
The Guardian
A new wave of teachers’ strikes could soon hit US schools, with educators in Chicago and Los Angeles considering walkouts. And after the midterm elections, they will have stronger allies.

As teachers flee Bay Area housing crisis, one school district tries new approach
Mercury News
Faced with a mounting crisis as teachers leave the Bay Area in droves because they can’t afford to live here, a San Mateo County school district is pioneering a new solution. Jefferson Union High School District is set to break ground next year on 116 low-cost apartments to house its teachers and staff. The project is unique in the way it’s funded — via a $33 million voter-approved bond, thought to be the first in the nation dedicated exclusively to building teacher housing. Now other local school districts, also faced with a dire need for affordable employee housing, are considering similar ballot measures.