The Occupation: Stop scruitinizing Hanson and look at CSUF
Any person who has kids, is a kid, or was a kid realizes the problems that school boards face in their attempts to educate the K-12 public. Along the muddled political lines of education, school boards are consistently tasked with focusing their funds and attention on a small group of issues facing the district.
Usually, the most heated items are stuck strained to the most controversial. Until you wind up with a group like Occupy Fresno, who’s myopic view of education is simple: pay cuts.
More specifically: Administrative pay cuts. Even more specifically: Michael Hanson’s yet-to-be-seen pay cut.
And that’s about the extent of Occupy Fresno’s policy regarding Fresno Unified School District.
As the Fresno Bee currently addresses some of the bigger education issues at Fresno Unified in their “Dropping Out” series this week, there hasn’t been a word about Fresno’s drop out rate from Occupy Fresno.
Instead, hand-picked protesters from the organization are getting arrested on a daily basis.
But there are bigger problems on the other side of Fresno, bounded by Shaw, Barstow, Cedar and Chestnut avenues: Fresno State.
Just last week, Fresno State students, along with students across the California State University system, were given word that their tuition would increase 9% in Spring of 2012.
It’s safe to say some members of the 99% will be forced to pay the 9%.
Aside from the 9% tuition increase, some of the recent decisions made by the University administration have looked even worse. Most notably is the proposal to dump the College of Science and Mathematics and sprinkle its components across the remaining schools inside Fresno State.
Granted you’re an Occupy Bulldog Stadium protester, you’d also oppose the current pay rate of Fresno State’s head football coach given his team’s current performance.
But where are the huddled masses rioting in the Free Speech Area? They’re at Courthouse Park playing amateur games with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department.