By The Committee to Save Cooper Union - The Committee to Save Cooper Union (CSCU) has been working closely with the New York Attorney General’s Office (OAG) to return Cooper Union to its tuition-free and merit-based mission, ensure the school’s fiscal recovery, and establish better governance structures. The OAG and CSCU challenged the school’s Board of Trustees to rethink its ill-conceived response to the fiscal crisis, reconsider the decision to charge tuition, and accept binding, verifiable changes to how the school is run. Today, we are proud to announce that this effort succeeded and a Consent Decree has been signed by The Cooper Union, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and The Committee to Save Cooper Union. As a part of this agreement, which will be filed with the Court tomorrow, CSCU has settled its lawsuit with the trustees. The Attorney General will also be filing a cy pres petition.
Today, Vermont’s governor, after campaigning for single payer for years, announced that he would not work to pass single-payer legislation in Vermont this year. “Single payer” is shorthand for a reform that will replace the present wasteful and chaotic system of private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and out-of-pocket cash payments with a single public finance system that will redirect resources in order to guarantee access to all necessary care for everyone, which would include many essentials not covered by any present plan. Governor Peter Shumlin, in his press conference, stated that “now is not the right time” for single payer. I disagree. The time for a single-payer system is now. Our patients in every state urgently need it.
A survey of Internet users in 24 countries has found that 83% believe affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right, according to the “CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust.” According to responses, two thirds of Internet users are more concerned today about online privacy than they were compared to one year ago (64%). When given a choice of various governance sources for the Internet, the majority (57%) chose multi-stakeholder model “of technology companies, engineers, non-governmental organizations and institutions that represent the interests and will of ordinary citizens, and governments.”