The Peralta administration is dropping students – but we can stop them

THE PERALTA ADMINISTRATION IS DROPPING STUDENTS…

…BUT WE CAN STOP THEM!

In defiance of student protests, Peralta administrators implemented a new fee policy that is a direct assault on our right to an education. Students who can’t pay their fees before the start of classes are being automatically dropped. This new fee policy is an attack on Peralta’s most vulnerable students: the working-class, immigrants, single parents and students of color. It’s the gentrification of Peralta.

Applying for financial aid is complicated and confusing, especially for people going to college for the first time. This and problems in the Laney financial aid office mean that many students receive our aid money late or not at all. Without financial aid, we have no choice but to pay our fees late, and Peralta drops us.

The administration’s decision to solve their budget deficit through cuts in critical areas has worsened the situation. With insufficient funding and underpaid, overworked staff, student questions are not being answered, assistance is not being provided, and applications are not being processed.

Laney is a COMMUNITY college, meaning that it should be run by current and future students, staff and teachers – the community, in our own interests. By implementing a policy which will push out working class black and brown students, the administration has betrayed its responsibility to protect student interests. To keep this campus accessible to low-income students of color, we need to fight back.

  • ALLOW ALL STUDENTS TO ADD AND ATTEND CLASSES!
  • FINANCIAL AID NOW!
  • IMMEDIATE FREEZE ON LAYOFFS, FURLOUGHS, AND CUTS TO CLASSES!
  • REHIRE ALL LAID OFF WORKERS!
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