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Erica Perez

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Higher Education Reporter


Erica Perez is an investigative reporter focusing on higher education for California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting. She came from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she covered the University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin Technical College System and private colleges. A California native, Erica previously covered K-12 education for The Orange County Register. Before earning her master’s degree in journalism, she taught high school English for two years. Erica graduated from Stanford University and the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

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My priorities

Campus safety; wasteful spending; community colleges.

Recent Spotlight Articles

State’s community colleges spend millions on duplicative administrators
California's community college districts spend tens of millions of dollars on administrative positions that could be consolidated or shared by districts a short drive away, even as budget shortfalls have forced reductions in core academic functions.
Community college boards lose power, stature as system changes
California community college trustees are entrusted with making sure districts meet the needs of the community. They help shape a district’s goals and review policies, but since 1978, they have not had control over revenues – the state does.
How we analyzed community colleges’ administrative costs
To get a better idea of possible savings that could be achieved by consolidating executives at geographically close community college districts, we chose to dig in deeper on a group of 16 districts.
Infographic: A look at administrative costs across community colleges
If some of California’s 72 community college districts could consolidate their bureaucracies, millions of dollars could be saved and redirected to pay for additional class sections and student services.
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