By Brian Pusser
Burning Down the home offers a riveting research of 1 of the main nationally favorite and bitterly contested coverage battles within the historical past of yankee better schooling: the fight to get rid of affirmative motion on the collage of California. A well timed and crucial addition to the literature on affirmative motion, it examines the political, financial, criminal, and organizational components that formed the talk in California and gives designated perception into the modern politics of admissions coverage, collage governance, and the position of upper schooling in broader nation and nationwide political contests to come back.
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COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS, 1994–1995 The most important contextual factor shaping the afﬁrmative action contest was the composition of the board at the time of the contest. 13 Regents’ Conﬁrmation Dynamics The conﬁrmation dynamic in the California state legislature over the prior two decades shaped the highly partisan composition of the board at the time of the Regents’ deliberations over afﬁrmative action. Under the California Constitution, after consulting with an advisory board, the governor nominates a candidate for the Board of Regents.
Between 1989 and 1994, UC undergraduate fees rose nearly 150 percent to over $4,200 per year. The fee increases raised signiﬁcant student protest and led to a number of legislative hearings on university fee policy. Democrats in the legislature threatened to cut the university’s general fund appropriation if cost savings were not implemented in lieu of fee increases, and State Senator Tom Hayden cosponsored a full-page ad in major newspapers complaining about UC administrative salaries. When Regent Lester Lee, who had twice voted in 1993 to approve fee increases, appeared before the Senate Rules Committee for conﬁrmation in February 1994, he became the ﬁrst Regent to be rejected by the Rules Committee in the twentieth century (Pusser, 2003).
25 This pattern, which would be repeated in the votes on Proposition 209, has been conceptualized as policymaking in “bifur- Context Shaping the Affirmative Action Contest 43 cated racial/ethnic contexts” (Tolbert and Hero, 1996, p. 816). ”26 The California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) The California Civil Rights Initiative was drafted by Dr. Glynn Custred, a professor of anthropology at the California State University at Hayward, and Dr. Thomas Wood, executive director of the California Association of Scholars, a state branch of a national conservative research group.
Burning Down the House: Politics, Governance, and Affirmative Action at the University of California (Frontiers in Education) by Brian Pusser