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Posted on May 25 at 8:36 p.m.
To the person who suggested that teacher unions have something to do with higher college fees, I must inform you that SBCC does NOT have a teacher's union. I'm a teacher there and we have an "instructor's association" which is not affiliated with any official state or national unions.
The problem is that SBCC simply has too many students (aprox 20,000) and they have nowhere to live but in IV. The majority of my students come from other communities in CA (like Rodger), not from out of state or country. Although they have community colleges in their home towns, many come here because they want to "go away" for a college experience, and of course, many are hoping to transfer to UCSB. SBCC has put no caps on its enrollment despite the fact that there isn't sufficient parking, classroom space, or full-time teachers (the bulk of classes at SBCC are taught by adjunct instructors).
Unions are the least of our worries.
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