Dr. Wes Watkins, IV has built his whole life’s work around the idea that there’s no better example of democracy than a Jazz ensemble. Dr. Watkins is the founder of the Bay Area-based Jazz & Democracy Project. He devised a curriculum that teaches schoolchildren lessons in jazz alongside American history and the democratic process.
On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about student debt, which has surpassed $1 trillion, exceeding the total amount Americans are carrying on their credit cards. The average college graduate has more than $25,000 in student debt. With jobs hard to find, how are they coping? And who's making money off of student debt? Join us at 10 or email email@example.com. What's your student debt story? And what are the solutions? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.
New research shows students losing substantial academic ground during the summer months. While funds to summer school continue to dwindle, local districts are finding creative ways to keep their students learning throughout the summer break. Host Joseph Pace and guests Katie Brackenridge of the Partnership for Children and Youth, Lara Fox of the Peninsula Boys and Girls Club and Jane O'Brien of Oakland Unified School District had a great discussion about why summer may no longer be the most overlooked part of the school year.
As the possibility of another $200 million cut in CSU funding looms this year, all eyes are on the November elections to see whether or not voters will approve Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative. It would increase taxes by one percent for Californians earning over $250,000, by two percent for those earning $500,000, and temporarily increase the sales tax by half-a-percent. If it’s not approved, CSU funding will be cut.
You might think the state’s goal to reduce the deficit estimated to be more than $9.2 billion means two things – taxes will increase or programs will be cut. But is it really that simple? Not really, especially when political gridlock prevents solutions from passing.