Editorial Board: Jerry Brown

State of California Governor Jerry Brown made some proposals that will help community colleges for the most part, however, not all of them need to be executed.

The first proposal talks about giving priority registration to full-time students, which sounds like a great plan.

Students would be given the opportunity to take tests that would allow for them to demonstrate that they have mastered a class.

The satisfactory completion of these tests would result in college credit without taking the course.

Then for a questionable proposal; one that changes the pricing of a unit after a student completes 90 units, or 30 more than what is required to transfer

that the price of each unit will no longer be subsidized.

Currently students at the community college level are paying $46 per unit, whereas the increase would hike it up to $206.

To be considered a full-time student, one must take 12 units.

At $46, a semester would cost $552 before books, parking and the other fees that are accompanied with being a student.

Raise that to $190 though and suddenly being a student is simply not an option for those looking to develop themselves.

The student that paid $552 is now shelling out $2,472; a difference of $1,920, or 3.13 semesters for you math majors out there.

While this will not apply to all students, it certainly affects those that may switch majors later on in life, or the ones that simply want to take a refresher course for a more reasonable price.

The last proposal would allow students to pass a class before having to pay for it.

The message is clear: Hurry up and finish school.

In essence he is trying to speed up the process of getting students through the school systems before penalizing them.

While some would ravish the thought of obtaining priority registration simply for being a full-time student, others just simply can’t.

Perhaps it doesn’t affect you today, but it might tomorrow.

Put yourself into the thought process that later on in life that additional classes might be necessary for self-improvement.

It would be great to be able to enroll in something for nourishment’s sake.

But then there’s the price increase to each unit, which would make it less convenient to take such a class because of how expensive it is.

For higher price, students might look for additional options for self-improvement.

Isn’t school supposed to be encouraged and not discouraged?

Voice your opinion today.

You can write letters to Brown’s office at: Governor Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173. Sacramento, Calif. 95814.

Then, you can call and leave voice messages; pester him to make sure your voice is heard.

The phone number to the office is (916)445-2841.

After that, you may even send faxes of your letters.

The office’s fax number is (916)558-3160.

Begin a petition at Change.org, a website that allows for such a thing to happen, and exhibits the need for fellow citizens to petition alongside you.

If you don’t and are against any on of the proposals, you will live to regret it.

As is said at weddings prior to a bond being consummated: “Speak now, or forever hold your peace.”