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Meg Whitman Is the Only Candidate With a Comprehensive Plan to Fix California's Broken Education System

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As Cal students know all too well, California is in a crisis. Class sizes are being raised, teachers have been laid off, and UC fees have increased 32 percent in the past year. Clearly, we need a plan to help us restore California's public education system, the economic engine that will guide us through the 21st century.

Meg Whitman understands this. That's why she's developed an innovative plan for a new California. As the next governor of California, Meg will make restoring our public education system a top priority.

She is the only candidate for governor that has proposed dedicating $1 billion in savings from other public programs to restoring the UC and CSU systems so that we can stem the ongoing tide of fee increases, ensure students can get the classes they need, and stimulate the world renowned research for which the University of California is known worldwide. UC Berkeley is the number one public university in the world - Meg will make sure that remains the case for generations to come.

But before students can come to college, they need be prepared with the best K-12 education possible. That's why Meg has also released a comprehensive plan to fix public education for elementary, middle and high school students. Currently, California's public education system is failing our students. While we don't have money to throw at the problem, we can certainly do much better with the resources we do have. As governor, Meg will work diligently to redirect education dollars that go to bureaucracy and overhead to the classroom, where it is sorely needed.

In addition, she'll hold schools and districts accountable for the quality of teaching they produce by grading each school on a scale from A-F, encouraging the creation of new charter schools, and rewarding the teachers who produce outstanding results. But even a world class public education system won't matter much if students can't find quality jobs in California when they graduate.

Currently, unemployment is near record highs, with some areas of the state experiencing rates as high as 30 percent or more. Businesses are leaving our beautiful state for the likes of Nevada, Arizona, and Texas because of our unfriendly business climate, and taking the jobs we need with them. Meg understands that we need to improve our business climate to bring jobs back to California. Her 36 page plan to create jobs, available for free at the Berkeley Students for Meg table on Sproul, outlines her proposal to attract job creation. Included in her plan is a proposal to eliminate the small business startup tax, streamline and reform regulations and create an economic development sales force to attract jobs to the Golden State.

Of special interest to Berkeley students and faculty, she will increase the research and development tax credit from 15 to 20 percent and authorize the development of academic enterprise zones, providing tax incentives to businesses that create jobs that are connected with major research institutions, such as UC Berkeley.

We invite you to read Meg's full plan for California at www.megwhitman.com. On that site, you can also submit your new ideas for a new California - as intelligent students, you are just the people Meg would love to hear about how we can improve our state. We would also encourage you to join us in supporting Meg's campaign.

Berkeley Students for Meg will be tabling on Sproul four days per week and hosting a phone bank on campus every week until Election Day. You can find us on Facebook as well under "Berkeley Students for Meg."

Join us in helping Meg make a new California.

Editor's Note: This piece was submitted on behalf of the Berkeley College Republicans.

Tags: MEG WHITMAN, ELECTIONS 2010, BCR


Robert Burgren is president of the Berkeley College Republicans. Reply to [email protected]



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