I’d like to merely draw additional attention to an event that took place on every California State University campus yesterday. Thousands of students, staff, and faculty rallied in protest of higher education budget cuts.
As a college student and future educator, this is an important issue to me, and to many residents of California, as well as many other Americans. Californians and Americans in general are being called to view and understand the “bottom line.” In essence, we’re all up to our ears in debt. Everyone understands the need to cut government spending in order to get our budget under control. The problem is that our politicians’ solution can not come at the expense of education, healthcare, and other necessary services. How is it that students’ already astronomically high tuition can continue to rise while high-ranking university administrative elite collect a near half-million dollar paycheck each year. We’re all in this together and we all must make sacrifices to bring our budget under control, but passing the mistakes of the elite onto the already struggling working class (in the form of tuition hikes) is totally unacceptable.
You can read the Los Angeles Times’ article on the protests HERE