Kaplan, Jonathan

Jonathan Kaplan is an educational policy analyst at the California Budget Project (CBP). Prior to joining the CBP, he taught law and United States history in Martinez, California.

Groups to Foster Farms: Come Clean on Antibiotics

By Jonathan Kaplan

Natural Resources Defense Council

Foster Farms has been in the news lately because the company was linked to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds of people last year. Last week a plant was closed after USDA found cockroaches and sanitation problems. They’ve been quick to make promises about doing better, but so far we haven’t heard any explicit pledges to prevent the further spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

California’s Public Universities: Harder To Get Into

By Jonathan Kaplan
California Budget Project

Gaining admission to California’s public universities is becoming more difficult. Not only are the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) increasing student fees in response to state budget cuts, they are also reducing enrollment. The decisions to cut enrollments come at a time when applications to the UC and CSU are increasing.

Last week, the UC President proposed cutting 2010-11 freshman enrollment by 2,300 students if the UC does not receive an increase in state funding. The proposal follows a reduction of 2,300 to freshman enrollment made in 2009-10. The decision to reduce UC enrollment comes after two years of increasing freshman applications to the UC.