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We have a new, updated curriculum with surprising new figures on how the UC and the state of California are cheating students, workers, and educators. But the problems we are facing are more complex and serious and formidable than ever, so we’ve put together a couple of extras to help educators, students, and workers understand the nitty-gritty of the huge wealth-grab that has sent our economy tumbling:
- A supplement on the economic crisis, full of shocking numbers on the growth in income inequality, the housing crisis, and who really pays taxes.
- Lots charts and graphs that illustrate the economic disaster and the destructive distortions it has created.
- See our Teach-In Kit for more, including a handout, a sign-up sheet, and a Power Point presentation to accompany class presentations.
The issue of student debt has become a focus of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but Washington has been largely silent on the issue, after slipping a huge overhaul of student lending into the 2010 healthcare bill.
Good news, Bad news — But mostly bad news The recent reforms actually did some smart things, like cutting out the banks, which will save billions of dollars, but they did little to help those already in the hole. Moreover, recent reforms slipped into this summer’s debt ceiling deal will cut federal subsidies for graduate student loans.
Are student loans the next bubble? Total student loan debt has now far outpaced household debt and credit card debt. Below are resources and graphics. If you have an analysis to share or more resources to suggest, please contact us through the comments.
- The Project on Student Debt
- The Atlantic: student loans up by 511% since 1999
- Good news about changes to student loans
- Bad news about changes in the recent debt ceiling deal