CSU Students Stand Against Privatization of the Public School System

One student organization protests the CSU Board of Trustee's choices when it comes to budgets and spending.

California State University Chancellor Timothy White delivered his "State of CSU" address in Long Beach Tuesday. During his address to the public school system, White covered new budget concerns following the release of Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal for California earlier this year.

At White's address, two groups stood in opposition of the California school system: faculty and students. The California Faculty Association addressed the CSU Board of Trustees' Collective Bargaining Committee about their new drive, "Fight for Five," a campaign across 23 CSU campuses to receive a 5 percent pay increase for faculty members.

While the CSU faculty pushed for a pay increase, students in the organization Students for Quality Education, voiced their opinions about the privatization of the public school system.

"Governor Brown actually gave a lot of money to the CSU system and to education and yet college is becoming less affordable," said student Karen Guzman.

According to Guzman, the organization's fight for affordable higher education doesn't mean they don't support the faculty's desire to have pay increased.

"There's this misled notion that by supporting faculty you're not supporting students and that's not necessarily true," said Guzman. "The CSU budget has enough money to actually pay faculty that 5 percent increase without having to raise fees. It's so important now to actually unite. CSU doesn't prioritize faculty or students."

For now, Guzman believes that the best possible outcome from today's protest would be to attract more students towards the push for affordable education.

"For students or anyone who wants to take action, one of the best things you can do is, if you're at a CSU, just find your local Students for Quality Education chapter," said Guzman. "We have them at a few CSU campuses. We also have our social media page on Facebook. This is a great way to follow the push to create student visibility on this issue."

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