Students to the Governor: 'Education is not a priority'
The state budget has finally been passed, and as a result billions of dollars have been cut from the coffers that help support education at all levels. Included are cuts to the large University of California and California State University systems, necessitating the respective campus network leaders to push through their own budgets cuts that include layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts, fee hikes, enrollment caps, and decreased resources. Despite student and faculty protests, the UC and CSU passed the proposals on the table that aim to stave off the shortfall.
The University of California Student Association's Lucero Chavez, President of the UCSA, released the following statement this afternoon in response to the State Budgethas released their reaction to the budget, and the message is grim:
“Education is not a priority: that is the message the State of California is sending California families. While the state's representatives debated in Sacramento, students continue to wonder whether or not they will be able to afford a public higher education, or if they even have a space at all this fall at UC or CSU, today they no longer wonder.