March 2012 Archives

IUP students to rally against governor's budget cuts

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania students plan to join other Pennsylvania students in Harrisburg, Pa., Wednesday to rally against Governor Tom Corbett's proposed 20 percent budget cut to higher education.

I will be covering the event live through my twitter feed. Join me in my trip by following my twitter account below or sending me comments below or through my e-mail.

Can't be there? Don't like Twitter? Look for an entry Wednesday with a full report on the event including a transcription of my live coverage. 


UPDATE:
The bus trip from IUP was canceled because there weren't enough students attending.



Education at what cost?

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(Photo taken from IUP's website)

Governor Tom Corbett proposed a significant budget cut Feb. 7 furthering a trend of students paying more for their public educations.

            In the 2012 budget proposal, Corbett recommends an $85.5 million cut to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, which oversees the 14 state-owned universities including Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

            If approved, the proposal adds to a trend of cutting higher education in Pennsylvania. According to Corbett's budget, PASSHE received about $465.2 million in 2010 and $412.7 million in 2011, an 11 percent decrease.  The proposed $330.2 million proposed for 2012 marks nearly a 20 percent decrease from 2011 and a 29 percent decrease from 2010.

            But already IUP students pay more for their public education than the state. According to Robert Deemer, budget director at IUP, IUP received about $191 million in revenue in 2011, and about $46.9 million, nearly 25 percent, of it came from the state. It is unclear what percentage the state will pay in the coming year.

            In a joint statement made Feb. 7, PASSHE Chancellor John C. Cavanaugh and PASSHE Board of Governors Chair Guido Pichini said they agree with Corbett that families in Pennsylvania should be able to afford higher education.

           "However, our joint goals are at risk as a result of the budget blueprint for the Commonwealth presented today, which provides only $2 million more than the system received 24 years ago in 1988-89," Cavanaugh and Pichini said.


Readers,
Do you agree with Corbett's moves to cut education? How much do you think the state has to contribute for a school to be called state-owned?
Tell me what you think.



           

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