Links of the Week • February 7, 2018

Republican lawmakers support public union fees in U.S. Supreme Court brief
A group of about 45 current and former Republican lawmakers told the U.S. Supreme Court that workers’ free speech rights do not bar public sector unions from charging workers who are not members agency fees to pay for collective bargaining and other nonpolitical expenses. Those state and local lawmakers filed an amicus brief on Friday urging the high court to uphold its 1977 ruling in Abood v. Board of Education, which allows public unions to collect agency fees. (Note: The link to the brief in this article is behind a paywall. Here is a link to a public post.)

Tuition hikes on horizon for CSU
Capitol Weekly
If no funding alternatives are available, the CSU system will turn away about 31,000 qualified students statewide because the budget only covers basic necessities, according to the California Faculty Association. “I am still in shock with how many qualified students we turn away every year,” (Sac State President) Nelsen said in his speech.

Salinas native tells Dreamers’ personal stories with ‘Faces of DACA’
The Californian
Faces of DACA, the brainchild of Salinas resident Daniel Diaz, features portraits and stories of more than 20 local DACA recipients. …A graduate of Hartnell College and California State University Monterey Bay’s CSin3 program, an accelerated undergraduate degree in computer science within three years, and with previous software experience at Uber, Diaz used his programming skills to create the Faces of DACA website with his team.

Why online-only college a bad bet for California students
San Diego Union-Tribune
Commentary by Josh Pechault, president of California Federation of Teachers

White supremacists targeting college campuses more than ever