Budget Cut War Rages On: Students Most Affected. A Sign of Relief?

Let me start by discussing the current conversation revolving around these budget cuts. It’s been a busy news day in this regard.

First and foremost the war rages on in Atlanta as the impact of student protests have forced the legislators to reconsider their strategy. Students are frightened, and with very good reason. Now that the cuts are being retooled, tuition hikes may become much more severe. The possible implementation of enrollment caps also makes acceptance to a good school a much more difficult endeavor. As an instructor my first fear was the loss of my position and the destruction of Georgia Southern. This article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution highlights the potential for far worse consequences for the students and society in general.

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/student-leader-drastic-cuts-346124.html

Its a sobering read, and one can feel the anxiety of a population coming to grip with the fact that education could become much harder to obtain. What’s worse, the quality of that education could suffer as well.

To move on, the budget issues in California rage on, highlighting just how national this problem has become. What’s also encouraging about this piece from the Los Angelas Times is its focus on the alliance between faculty, staff, and alumni to fight the budgetary raids. We have seen this pattern here in Georgia as well as students have used facebook and twitter to organize and fuel the letter writing and phone call campaign highlighted by president Keel.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/education/la-me-protests4-2010mar04,0,7808153.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+latimes/news/education+(L.A.+Times+-+Education)&utm_content=My+Yahoo

It seems some things ARE still sacred to the public, even in times of horrible crisis.

I think it is important to leave off with a piece of a more national focus, discussing the real root of the problem. unemployment claims have officially fallen to pre-crisis levels, which is an encouraging sign of possible recovery. Yet the devastation in state government budgets is still a problem likely to not be resolved this year. I think we should take this as a potential sign of resurgence, lets all hope that this year gives us a path to recovery so that these extreme measure will not be necessary in the future.

http://www.cnbc.com//id/35704613

It all depends on employment. Without a resurgence in jobs, the states can simply not afford to keep funding us at all.

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