In order to show the everyone that we have are legitimate in our demands, we need to show them that we know what we’re up against. We need to empower ourselves by educating ourselves. Here are some articles to check out. Learn more, share the knowledge, and strengthen our fight!
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-edsurvey12-2009nov12,0,6744492.story 1. In a November 12 LA Times Article, a telephone survey was conducted to determine the opinion of California residents in regards to the state public universities and community colleges. Polls showed that state residents think that California's public higher education does a excellent job in comparison to the low approval ratings given to the Governor and the state legislature. Contradictions: The public is aware of the budget cuts that are being made to the state's education system; 59% of poll takers said that colleges should be given high priority in state funding. BUT, only 41% of poll takers are willing to pay higher taxes to make up the cuts and 29% are less willing to increase student fees. The survey also shows that 89% of families are concerned over rising fees which undermine their financial capabilities. Let's shift this conversation, we need our words to match our actions! We need to get the state to fund public colleges and universities again (higher education used to be virtually free), even in this time of economic crisis. The LA Times reported that every dollar an individual pays into higher public education, the individual gets four dollars back. Funding higher education is the most effective way for the state to invest into the future of the economy. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-oew-nelson28-2009sep28,0,265770.story Let's get California to reinvest in our education, in the future of the state!