An article, by Jesse McKinley at  New York times describes the current wave of protest on cuts in education at California’s public education system. The article describe the rationale for this cuts in the following terms

California’s public education system has been racked by spending cuts because of the state’s financial problems, which include a looming $20 billion budget deficit. Layoffs and furloughs have hit many districts and school systems, along with reductions in course offerings and grants.

In a post last year, “California university regents approve 32 percent tuition increase” , I point out  that this could be signaling a point of not return for forms of affordable access to quality university education in the United States. The fact that the article also points out other scattered protest in other  states seems to indicate that this has become a national trend. For instances the article also points out tuition protests,

with at least 16 people arrested at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, when protesters tried to force their way into administration offices and threw ice chunks at campus officers, according to a university spokesman.

This point out to a long trajectory of increasing reduce investment in public education by states, now exacerbate by the economic crisis. In California this seemingly acquire  dramatic proportions indicating a point of not return in the public system. As a graduate student, at the protest  indicate, “I plan to be a teacher, but it’s not my job prospects [what] I’m worried about[….]It’s the whole system.” . This is rather dramatic if we consider the role that education play in social policies, and the current  situation of economic depressed areas such as “Richmond, near San Francisco, where unemployment is 17.6 percent and violent crime and poverty are common”, where those cuts have more acute effects. The literature describe the US as a wealthy “advance industrial society” but we see situations, now exacerbate by the economic crisis,   resembling those of a struggling developing country in which teachers describe the situation in terms such as

“Kids come to school hungry; some are homeless,” said Mary Flanagan, 55, a third-grade teacher from Richmond. “How can we deal with problems like that with as many as 38, 40 kids in a class?”

Public education, in California, and the  affordable access to public higher education,  for a long time a feature of US welfare state policies are now confronting a terminal crisis without easy solutions.

Reference:

McKinley, J. (March 5,2010). Thousands in California protest cuts in education. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/05/education/05protests.html?hpw

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This is a potentially useful research resource, the CIA library. I recommend searches at  Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room , especially those related to education initiatives during the cold war.   The careful reading of declassified documents provide a source of some useful data related to the CIA involvement in human rights abuses during the period, and on some illustrative examples of foreign policy initiatives involving education.

From CIA library:

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The Library contains a wealth of information, from unclassified current publications to basic references, reports and maps. The Library features our most popular publication, The World Factbook, and our online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments. It also features numerous documents and articles of historical significance, including those found in Studies in Intelligence.

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    Amnesty International (Human rights promotion INGO)  http://www.amnesty.org/

    Arab League (Official) http://www.arableagueonline.org/arableague/index_en.jsp

    Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC—Official) http://www.apecsec.org.sg

    Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN—Official) http://www.asean.or.id

    Atlantic Online (Contemporary affairs publication) http://www.theatlantic.com/foreign/

    Commonwealth (Official) http://www.thecommonwealth.org/

    EU Observer (News about the EU) http://www.euobserver.com/

    Euroguide (Guide to the European Union, United Kingdom) http://www.euroguide.org/

    European Governments Online (from the EU) http://europa.eu.int/abc/governments/index_en.html

    European Union Online (Official) http://europa.eu.int/index_en.htm

    Francophonie (Organization of French-speaking countries—Official) http://www.francophonie.org/oif.cfm

    Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA—Official) http://www.ftaa-alca.org/Alca_e.asp

    Freedom House (NGO) http://www.freedomhouse.org/

    G-8 Information Center from the University of Toronto (Unofficial) http://www.g7.utoronto.ca/

    G-77 (Group of 77 developing countries—Official) http://www.g77.org/

    Global Policy Forum (NGO working on UN affairs) http://www.globalpolicy.org/

    Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC, Persian Gulf states—Official) http://www.gcc-sg.org/index_e.html

    International Labor Organization (ILO—Official) http://www.ilo.org/

    Missions to the UN (with links to missions’ websites) http://www.un.int/index-en/webs.html

    Non-Aligned Movement (Official) http://www.nam.gov.za/

    New York Times http://www.nytimes.com (site requires registration, but it’s free)

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO—Official) http://www.nato.int

    Organization of American States (OAS—Official) http://www.oas.org/

    Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC—Official) http://www.oic-oci.org

    Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC—Official) http://www.opec.org/homepage/frame.htm

    South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC—Official) http://www.saarc-sec.org/

    South Center (IO of developing countries) http://www.southcentre.org/

    Transparency International (INGO working against corruption) http://www.transparency.org/

    United Nations (Official) http://www.un.org/english/

    United Nations Documentation Center  http://www.un.org/documents/

    United Nations News (Official)  http://www.un.org/News/

    United Nations News (Yahoo!)  http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/World/United_Nations/

    US Mission to the United Nations http://www.un.int/usa/

    US Department of State, International Organization Affairs (Official) http://www.state.gov/p/io/

    World Bank (Official) http://www.worldbank.org/

    World Trade Organization (WTO—Official) http://www.wto.org

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