California Space Academy

Back in the 1970s, right after several new universities had been opened by the State of California, the Governor proposed a space academy to educate students in emerging high tech industries. Subsequent Republican administrations and the continued defunding of public higher education led to the scrapping of this plan as well as other plans for new universities. Instead the state built lots of prisons.

Now, with state funding for universities drying up and students faced with rising fees and limited space in classes, education is again at a crossroads. This story is inspired by the real life self-reliance of the Domies as well as student leaders at UC Merced and celebrates the ability of California students to not only face but seize advantage of new challenges.