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IPFS News Link • Education: Government Schools

Stop Starving Public Universities and Shrinking the Middle Class

• by Robert Reich
 Last week Rick Santorum called the President “a snob” for wanting everyone to get a college education (in fact, Obama never actually called for universal college education but only for a year or more of training after high school).

Santorum needn’t worry. America is already making it harder for young people of modest means to attend college. Public higher education is being starved, and the middle class will shrink even more as a result.

Over just the last year 41 states have cut spending for public higher education. That’s on top of deep cuts in 2009 and 2010. Some public universities, such as the University of New Hampshire, have lost over 40 percent of their state funding; the University of Washington, 26 percent; Florida’s public university system, 25 percent.

Rising tuition and fees are making up the shortfall. This year, the average hike is 8.3 percent. New York’s state university system is increasing tuition 14 percent; Arizona, 17 percent; Washington state, 16 percent. Students in California’s public universities and colleges are facing an average increase of 21 percent, the highest in the nation.

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Comment by Ron Bogner
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 Public funding of higher education is causing run away inflation of tuition. Get the Govt. out of higher education all together. Especially student loans. The more money pumped into the system the higher the cost becomes. Most education can be done with a chalkboard and chalk or an inexpensive computer set up. Education is not much more than talking to people. Why should communicating with people be so expensive. I have seen massive waste of funds at local community colleges. For example, signs out front that look like they belong in Las Vegas, Hugh smart boards in classrooms all wired up to expensive projectors and other equipment.

One of my favorite videos
Peter Schiff: Why College Tuitions Are So Expensive