Links of the Week • December 5, 2018

My turn: California must keep its promise to our public servants
I watched my grandparents, children of the Great Depression and diligent, determined savers, exhaust their retirement funds following a devastating crisis. Their final years were not lived with the dignity they so very much deserved. I don’t want to see that happen to anyone else, and that’s why my commitment to financial security in retirement is more than just a job. It’s why I work every day to strengthen the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, on behalf of all Californians.

Pensions are promises California must keep
San Francisco Chronicle

32,000 kids return to class on Monday after wildfires hit schools
Chico Enterprise-Record
The epic undertaking to start school again amid the devastation of the Camp fire — It’s been less than a month since the Camp fire tore through the Sierra Nevada foothills, leaving most of the Paradise Unified School District’s students homeless and damaging or destroying eight of the district’s nine schools. But classes start Monday. Somehow.

Anthropologists Face a Grim Task: Identifying Human Remains After California’s Fires
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Following this year’s Camp Fire, the anthropology department at CSU Chico helped local authorities identify human remains. That and a search involving Sonoma State faculty after the Tubbs Fire last year could point to a new normal for university anthropologists in the aftermath of California’s increasingly extreme wildfires.

And then there are the big money requests
California sits on a nearly $15 billion surplus. The California Student Aid Commission voted to ask the Legislature for a Cal Grant overhaul that could cost more than $2 billion. And CSU and UC are asking for about $800 million more combined.

California students find tuition discounts, less-crowded campuses out of state

Loan Watchdog Starts Group to Fight for Borrowers
Inside Higher Ed
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s former top student loan official said Wednesday he was launching an organization to advocate for student borrowers across the country.

In limbo, DACA students look to Congress again for help
The imminent Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives is renewing hope that undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children will get some permanent relief from the ongoing threat of deportation.

Thousands of SJSU Students Struggling with Homelessness
NBC Bay Area

… of SJSU students reported experiencing homelessness during the past year, one of the highest rates among the 23 CSU campuses.

Cal Poly is threatening free speech, say students who were warned for protesting Raytheon
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
They sang for peace. For eight minutes.

Cal State Trustees Begin Search for New President at San Marcos
Times of San Diego

Sonoma State purchases employee housing
Sonoma State Star

UC Researchers Form Union
Inside Higher Ed
They voted to form a union affiliated with United Auto Workers.

A Surge of Anti-Semitism
Inside Higher  Ed
Since the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October, campuses have seen a rise in displays targeting Jews.

Central European University Forced Out of Hungary
Inside Higher Ed
CEU announced it has been forced out of Hungary …The law was widely seen as a targeted attack by Hungary’s increasingly illiberal government on CEU and its founder, the liberal financier George Soros.

63 years ago, Rosa Parks stood up for civil rights by sitting down

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