The word rebel to some has a negative connotation but to us a true rebel stands up for what they believe is right. To rebel is to resist to a constituted government such as the educators and students in California fighting for the right to have an affordable education.
California students and faculty have been protesting state budget cuts that could lead to larger class sizes, higher tuition, and lower enrollment. Rallies, marches and teach-ins were scheduled at all 23 California State University campuses. Similar events are planned at campuses in Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey and other states where legislators are cutting education spending. Thirteen of the 23 CSU campuses attended a rally to the Sacramento capital. They are San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, San Diego State University, California State University, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Maritime Academy, Northridge and Sacramento. Preliminary figures reported that 5,000 to 7,000 people marched and participated in the rally. The governor’s budget proposal aims to cut $500 million each from the CSU and UC systems and students can expect up to 10% increase in tuition. $100 of that cut may come from UCLA alone. In 2001 students paid $3,700 in tuition fees. In 2011 that number will increase to $11,600 and could shoot up between $20-$25,000.
Last year California spent $9 million incarcerating illegals, $700 million to medically treat illegals. California recognizes ‘drug addiction’ and “obesity’ as disabilities for which they’ll send a monthly check with no expectation that the recipient ‘get healthy and work their way out of the system’. A lot of the consensus is for California to support education and try to cut budgets elsewhere. Cut the bad programs that do not work, cut the overpaid salaries, cut the unequal distribution of funds (more funds go to wealthier communities), and increase the emphasis on overseeing expenditure records.
In Washington the education system is experiencing cuts all across the board but approvals for projects such as a $4 billion highway tunnel, which is a 10 year commitment and obstruction to traffic was approved and should start relatively soon.
These budget cuts reduce access to education and the ability for educators to address student needs. Each year states have increased tuition fees making it harder for students to pay for college. The cuts toward education seem to get drastic every year. The art programs were first to go and now school curricula have become completely test- driven. A quality education is being sacrificed for a quality budget. In the past few months students and teachers across the country are letting their voices heard in the demand for less budget cuts. These cuts are happening on every level of education from elementary school to college. More schools are closing and teachers jobs are disappearing and this has a negative impact on the education system. So many of the people making the decisions would not be where they are had they not gone to college and acquired the credentials they have. By limiting the accessibility to education and creating enormous debt for those who can really afford to attend college? In our society the concept of each one teach one is very important but a foundation and a degree is usually validates one’s ideals in the professional world.
What can we do to assist in this detrimental situation?
Lots of rallies have been held across the country to promote awareness about the budget cuts, tuition increases and the effects on all parties involved.
When voting for anything or anyone be fully aware of the their stance and ideals regarding education.
Find a local community center or radio station that posts information regarding rallies/protests and PARTICIPATE!
Write your local and state government officials
Go to the school board and make some noise.
Start support groups who will go into the community and express their concerns and move towards a solution.