Rebuilding Schools

Our students need us

The state of public education is never far from my mind.

Like most of you, I have been dismayed by our state’s declining support for public education. As support has waned, so has California’s educational ranking: We are now near the bottom on measures such as student/teacher ratios and per-pupil spending.

Jul 31, 2013 Winnie Comstock-Carlson

A new day for higher education?

For the first time in at least a decade, we have good news regarding California’s colleges and universities.

Mar 1, 2013 Winnie Comstock-Carlson

Back to School

Brice Harris returns to campus leadership

With our August cover story, “Closing Remarks,” Comstock’s celebrated Brice Harris’ announced retirement as chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District and his 21-year career in that discipline.

Apparently, retirement didn’t take.

Oct 31, 2012 Douglas Curley

Teachable Moment

Education funding and the future of California schools

The California Teachers Association has long been one of the state’s most powerful political players. This year, the organization has thrown its weight behind Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to raise the state sales tax, in part to fund education. We sat down recently with CTA President Dean Vogel to discuss that support and other critical issues surrounding California schools.

Aug 31, 2012 Rich Ehisen

University President

Acuity with Alex Gonzalez

Alexander Gonzalez, 66, stands in front of the climbing wall at The WELL gym at Sacramento State. Gonzalez has served as campus president since 2003 and has no plans to retire. 

Jul 31, 2012 Douglas Curley

Head of the Class

A tenure of influence has run its course

For more than 40 years, Brice Harris has sat front row in the nation’s community college system. First as a part-time faculty member at a small campus in Kansas City, later as president of Fresno City College and since 1996 as chancellor of Los Rios Community College District. He has spent his career working within multi-college systems. This month, he retires.

Jul 31, 2012 Douglas Curley
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Degree of Difficulty

The life-altering burden of diploma debt

Fluff the pillows and stock the fridge because, chances are, your adult kids are coming home. Nearly one-third of Americans age 25 to 34 have lived with their parents in recent years, according to a 2011 study by Pew Research Center. But before you start blaming a generation of millennials — known for their unearned trophies and sense of entitlement — remember it’s the generations past who wrought an economy with tuition hikes and growing unemployment.

Jun 30, 2012 Stephanie Flores