by Kelly Vance
This week, "Spare an Education?": The cost of an education from UC Berkeley and the Bay Area's other public universities has increased faster than inflation (and faster than comparable institutions in other states), leaving graduates in debt from the moment they enter the work force. Can you believe tuition was once free? Students are now combining student loans with part- or even full-time jobs to make ends meet, and graduate students with families are being squeezed hardest. Meanwhile, Oakland is putting new public school teachers through a boot camp, complete with corporate motivation techniques. But don't let meager education budgets and other sign of the times get you down - find a way to scrape up $80 for a Timbuk2 shoulder bag and pack up your troubles in style. Hey, you could charge it! In the Express' special educational supplement, it's all about the money.