WHAT’S ALL THIS ABOUT THE NEW “FEE POLICY”?
Peralta started a new fee collection system for Summer 2010. Students who enroll before the semester begins need to pay up within 10 business days; students who add after the beginning of the term must pay all fees immediately or be dropped from their classes and have their debt sent to collections. Hundreds more East Bay youth are denied access to Peralta schools every month. This policy means the gentrification of our school.
FINANCIAL AID FOR EVERYONE!
The district expects us to pay our fees promptly, but how are we supposed to do this when their financial aid system is a disaster? Many students don’t receive financial aid until the end of the semester. The financial aid office is understaffed and there are hours-long wait times in the line every day. Our district expects us to pay our fees immediately, yet they refuse to fix their broken system for financial aid. We should be paid to go to school.
WHAT DO THE CUTS MEAN?
Cuts mean crowded classes and stressed out professors. Every cut represents an increasingly uncertain future for Peralta students, workers, and faculty alike. On September 28th the board will meet to cut 10% ($13 million dollars) from the budget. Cuts mean war.
ABOLISH THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES!
The Peralta Board of Trustees is a group of seven inept bureaucrats who have neglected corruption within the District and mismanaged the budget. Whether through their fee policy, cutting teachers, or slashing essential student services, the district has shown contempt for the community Peralta is supposed to serve. We can run our school for ourselves, in our own interests.