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Education more important than money

The Parthenon

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:01

The Marshall University Student Government Association and the State Advisory Council of Students plans to petition Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider proposed budget cuts to the state’s higher education system.

Props to them!
Budget cuts are necessary if the state wants to cut down on their deficit but asking the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System to incorporate a 7.5 percent budget cut in this year’s budget is outright shameful. Make cuts where cuts are needed – leave education alone!
If these cuts were to be implemented, tuition rates for students would skyrocket.

Wasn’t it Tomblin who said he wants to better West Virginia’s education system and wants college graduates to stay in the state and work? How are budget cuts the answer?
If rates go up, student population will decrease because a large percentage of students in this state find it difficult to fund their higher education as it is.

With higher tuition rates, students will accrue a significant amount of debt they have to pay off upon graduation. This could result in many West Virginians leaving the state in search for high-paying jobs so they can pay down their debts.

We need to look toward the future, not just West Virginia but the entire nation as well, and pouring lots of money into education is crucial to students’ success.

West Virginia is dubbed as having one of the worst education systems in the U.S. Imagine the message this would send to the rest of the country if we cut funding to an already diminished education system.

Imposing budget cuts to higher education in West Virginia would create hardships to many West Virginia students, especially those already utilizing loans as a way to pay for college.

These proposed cuts come at a time when the entire nation is demanding more college graduates. President Obama believes in the future of this country and by imposing budgetary cuts to the state’s higher education, West Virginia would essentially be taking a step back from other states’ efforts to better education.

Here’s a simple formula:
Budget cuts = fewer college-educated students = a detrimental state economy.

 

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