The entire country is in an uproar on the cutbacks to education from kindergarten to college. But, as the funding has been cut back in states throughout the U.S., student’s tuition and fees have soared as a response. State governments plan to let the students shoulder the burden that they have created.
According to CNN, UC students throughout their system have literally taken to the streets to show their discontent with the nearly $1 billion loss of funding between 2008 and 2010. The cuts include cancelled classes and furlouged professors. Also in the report, fees have increased 182 percent since 2002.
Protestors at UC-Berkeley shut down Interstate 980/880 interchange for an hour and 45 minutes yesterday evening during rush hour. Another protestor tried to elude police and jumped off the freeway onto a tree, but feel 22 feet onto the street below.
University of Maryland College Park protestors were set to respond to a Facebook invitation to leave classes yesterday at noon, then meet up at the student union and take their march to a plaza for a rally. Georgia is having a difference opinion though, and it’s coming from University of Georgia’ president Michael F. Adams. A legislative committee proposed that the state’s college system take a $300 million cut. Adams response was simple, “This is not our plan; these are not cuts we offered to make; and we will vigorously oppose any effort to implement them.”
Do you think the country is gearing up for a workforce that cannot support it and that’s why they are sabotaging the education system with steeep budget cuts? Because it seems like an awful LOT of students are out there prepared to go to school or graduating. The ticking time bomb of a nation overrun with greed is beginning to go off in the streets. Read the full report here.