What is the worst-run state in the U.S.? Easy. It's California.
Where do I start? For a long time, there has been an ongoing budget crisis in the state. Now, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing new and further cuts in California's community colleges.
How much? Try an estimated $500-to-$700 million in cuts for 2009-2010!
''Community colleges across California would be forced to drop classes and close programs, and more than 250,000 students would be turned away,'' said Chancellor Martha J. Kanter of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, in a statement. The district includes Foothill and De Anza Colleges, located in the Bay Area. (In April, President Obama nominated Kanter as U.S. under secretary of education.)
''In addition, the Schwarzenegger administration proposed scaling back the state's Cal Grant program next year, affecting 125,000 community college students, according to press reports. These grants enable some of California's financially neediest students to pursue higher education. Meanwhile, legislators already are talking about raising community college fees, possibly as high as $60 a unit,'' she added.
What's more, Arnold wants to kill physical education classes. In fact, California wants to cut 40 percent of community college physical education courses.
I actually take one of those P.E. courses in the district. My class was cancelled in the spring and the summer looks bad.
Like many, I'm upset about that and more. What will Arnold do next? Terminate math and science? I'm sure many programs will take a hit. Arnold ran on a platform of reform and we got incompetence.
The other question is also clear: Where are the business leaders in our state amid the crisis? I have heard little or nothing from them--except complaints about possible tax hikes and repercussions about offshoring.
Sad to hear today's business leaders aren't worried about our future workforce and business leaders.