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March 4th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Protesting the Cost of Education Cuts

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/04/t1larg.ucla.cnn.jpg caption=""] Across the U.S. students are protesting education budget cuts that have resulted in tuition hikes, canceled classes and the doubling of class waiting lists. More than 100 protests in 33 states are planned as part of the Day of Action to Defend Education. Students in Georgia and California are facing tuition increases of more than 30 percent.

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Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Kathy

    I think class sizes have gotten to large. One can not effectively teach nor conduct any sort of activities with 25 plus elementary students. The children will be given worksheets to complete with very little hands on activities; which will make school extremely boring and create behavior issues. It is extremely important that children receive individualized attention that they crave at such young ages. I feel that the administration should spend a week teaching and then they may understand. This is not the place to cut the budget –

    March 4, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  2. Ralph

    Just another example of no-profit, no dice!

    March 4, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr.

    The teacheres pay dosnt fit Americas budget anymore reduce all pay and the cost of books .

    March 4, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  4. Larry

    What happened to the lottory. I thought when the lottory was brought out it was to help to fund education. What happened?

    March 4, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  5. Angie

    What is a tree surgeon? And why were we paying for tree surgeons? And why were the numbers of tree surgeons cut less than the number of total child care and education?
    Why weren't Lanscapers included on the lists of those jobs that were cut down?
    Why wasn't the number of janitors or cleaning people on the lists of those jobs that were cut down? Just have all bosses and their underlings clean their own. Just have a crew to pick up the garbage and clean the floors. Done!
    Are drivers for the governor, drivers for legislation in the state, drivers for the mayors, drivers for the legislation in the cities and counties, Are those drivers paid for by taxpayers?
    Let's cut down their jobs or cut out their jobs altogether so we can have more money for education. I'm sure the Mayors and Governor know how to drive. They don't need drivers.
    Are there anymore jobs we do not know about or jobs that are paid for with our tax dollars that could be cut down or cut out?
    How about

    March 4, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  6. Angie

    Since Arnold Governator took over in California, he has Several Times taken money out of the Education budget in the millions Each Time and cut the teachers pay Each Time and frozen teachers pay and other state and local government also got their pay cuts Each Time to balance the State's Budget Each Time.

    And it still did not work EACH TIME!

    March 4, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  7. Angie

    Plus Arnold Governator has been dipping into the Lotto money intended for Education to balance the State Budget Each Time.

    But when word leeked out that he had been doing that, he tried to get approval and failed.

    Yet it did not stop him each time.

    March 4, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  8. Leena Heiman

    Our kids are the future; Education is the key to any developed country. How can you lead if you don't have competitive education? Look at China they are focusing on education, they are opening schools;they are aware they need to invest on the kids because is the only way to compete. I love America;I am a mother of 5 boys and I feel very sad to see my kids concern about the school cuts. Please address the need to fund public education adequately; don't let us go to a poin of not return...we need to educate our kids competitive. The "cut" most be on any other place...Why to cut on our future????

    March 4, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  9. petra petra

    Education or not, beeing able to garduate or not- doesn't really matter to our government, right!? There are enough educated young people in China and India that are waiting to be imported!!!

    March 4, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  10. Sherry N. Calif.

    What do we pay our college coaches? Millions of dollars? This is unheard of. This is where we need to start. I would much rather see more people getting a decent and affordable college education for this country's future rather than to see who is who in the Gator Bowl!
    Enough is enough and we all are in the same boat that is sinking. Take these heavy burdens and throw them overboard along with tenures.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  11. Pam P

    Tony,

    The problem is that people pay a lot of taxes in California, and they are supposed to be for education, health, infrastructure etc... So increasing the tuition sounds irrational and outrageous.

    I don’t think there is a place in the USA that taxes more than California.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  12. Nathan

    Yes, the cost of living has gone up everywhere, the issue we students have, however, is when my state spends more money on incarcerating inmates for minor drug infractions than increasing the economic welfare and potential of our next generation. If we lessen the ability of our professional workforce, how do we ever expect to get out of this recession; its cyclical.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  13. Vinny

    Hihger tuition is just one aspect of higher educationcosts. Careers that just a few years ago needed a Bachelors degree now need a masters degree. Occupational therapist is one such degree.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  14. Ed Fern

    My solution is to repeal all the stimulus bills that have passed, cut the pork, bring our troops home from Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Korea, and lots of other places to gain control of government deficit spending. Then reduce the tax burden on Americans so we can get back to building our economy.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  15. Caitlyn Connors

    I am an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida and I must say these protests have been a long time coming. Even coming from a state that hands out millions in our Bright Futures Program it is still a struggle for the majority of us to make ends meet. The most ridiculous part of all of this is that higher education is an absolute necessity in today's job market given the skyrocket in unemployment and competition. But how can we be expected to succeed if we cant afford to finish college at all let alone in a 4 year span. What the hell are we supposed to do!?

    March 4, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  16. Brad

    Education is what will save our economy I. The long-run. If you want to create jobs and eventually pay off the national debt. USE STIMULUS MONEY! College grads make more money and will end up paying 10 fold more in taxes. This means more jobs. If this isn't stimulus NOTHING IS.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  17. michael

    I'm appalled and have been appalled by higher ed's inability to manage costs. I came to higher ed from private industry and was stunned by what I observed. Budgets that simply role forward each fiscal year; planning that is not linked to any type of performance based budgeting process; outdated programs and curriculum that drain budgets; faculty that are uninspired and not accountable to learning or cost containment; and finally college administrators and many presidents that are not are very academic, not very business savy, and often not held accountable for measurable academic performance outcomes!!

    March 4, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  18. Janell Larocque

    Tony – do me a favor and start with this story. The favor: how much has the pay of the deciders risen over the last few years in comparison to increases in the cost of the service or product? In this case it would be executive compensation to tuition.

    Thanks,
    Janell Larocque

    March 4, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  19. James

    These kids should try living in other countries with reduced education costs they are pushing for; almost all have mandatory selective service/draft obligations. Here's a thought, be grateful is has been as low as it is without having mandatory military service. So before you get all amped up my little wannabe 1960 era protesters, realize you are still paying less than half the country! NOTHING IN THIS WORLD IS FREE! Get used to it; instead of protesting with your 90K a year professors your butts should be in class learning about how bad it could be. California has been riding the wave long enough...time to pay the bill.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  20. Brad

    Lower tuition means more education which in turns means more jobs, innovation, tax revernue etc. It's a no brainer, excuse the pun.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  21. allison

    There is a very easy and simple solution to California's education budget crisis. California spends an average of $7.7 billion dollars on education for illegal immigrant children.This costs California taxpayers an average of $100,000 per illegal child for a K-12 education. California is in no position to pay for these freeloaders. California must get rid of illegal aliens in the state's educational system in order to close the huge budget gap. In essence each legal California student is paying for 3-4 illegal students in the system, this has to stop!

    March 4, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  22. sarah - ASU alum

    As a graduate of Arizona State University, I dealt with a number of increases and I think that if the President of some of these universities to just not take a salary for one year that would help the schools with their budget problems. I think that $1million plus in salary for the upper level administration that could be put back into the system would help the students who are there to learn and make the world a better place.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  23. Michael Mahin

    As an adjunct professor at one of these schools (San Diego State University in California) the real issue isn't budget cuts. It budget priorities. As a culture, we've convinved ourselves that education is an expendable expense, and this attitude effects education at every level. The truth is that you can tell a lot about what a culture thinks about its children by looking at what it spends on education. We'd rather build prisons for them than schools.
    Michael Mahin, Ph.D.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  24. George Beckett

    your topic today on education cuts is a good educational experience for all of our young people. When they get to be senior citizens, like myself on a FIXED income, with necewssary expenses rising every month, they will learn that you have NO choice but to cut costs and live with it.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  25. Mark

    It you want to fund education in our country the answer is to tax all products that were made here and now being imported. Every job that was off shored in the last ten years that does business with in the United States should be taxed as well. We are now being forced to play on a field off cheap labor. Also, taxes need to be paid by corporations on those who give monies tp politicians at 100%.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  26. Mark

    182% increase in fees since 2002? That's 9 times the rate of inflation! Maybe that's where the real story is. Though, it isn't as sexy as showing crowds of protesters in the street. Too bad we don't have in depth coverage of issues like this anymore.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  27. dian duran

    Hi, i think the whole idea of education is out of control. My solution; open up slots for more 2.5 students, this will generate more money.
    A few more seats in a classroom is like one more mouth to feed. You just make room. if i'm not mistaken some of the school coaches make more than the Presedent of the United States. We are upside down. Have our well paid coaches do the right thing and relinquish some of the less hard earned, un-necessary, over paid positions and ( let me see, how does the Presedent say it, SPEAD THE WEALTH) . As far as i can see the buck should start here or should I say in school. It is a crying shame that our kids can't go to college or even a decent elementary school because we have no concept of the importance of education. Sports has taken precedence over education, shame on us.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  28. stephen w.

    There are a myriad of issues that are crippling education in California. An out of work teacher, I find that the biggest problems involve politics by administrators, illegal immigration, and a public that have fallen asleep and allowed a grifter like the governator to make things worse.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  29. john jones

    Tony, I worked my way through college married and did not borrow a dime, but today the costs are redicules. Cut sports!! Proffessors work hard and long getting their Phd and keeping up in their fields and coaches make ten times that a mount. Our Universities have become sports Universities not Universities or learning. Our graduate schools are full of foriegn students who never who went for an education not sports. Our won can not qualify for graduate school. Most our young people are taking sports therapy or recreational therapy and not even interested in math or sciences. Look at the foriegners in Medical Schools. Look at your own doctor's. Our society is upside down. Education is education not day care for young adults. John

    March 4, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  30. Larry M

    While the protests will help get their word out to the people, their real "power" will be at the ballot box in November. They need to gear up and organize for THAT battle.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  31. Spike Magelssen

    As administrators continue to cut budgets, raise tuitions, cut student services, eliminate or not rehire positions after people retire, raise student fees and charge for services once a part of room and board costs, eliminate custodian, maintenance, and security position to where the buildings, infrastructure, and safety are collapsing; the administration and commissioners of higher education continue to increase their already high six-figure incomes, continue to spend monies on old technologies for energy systems instead of proven systems such as solar power and ground source heating systems that will save money in the long run, continue to waste money on energy by not implementing conservation methods, live in houses and use vehicles (that also includes taxes and utilities as well as maintenance, cleaning, and upkeep by the physical plant personnel) that the states pay for instead of investing in the communities they live in, continue to want bigger and better buildings when they don't take care of what they have already, letting maintenance and repair fail while wanting more new equipment and buildings, the athletics administration charges children excessive amounts to get into games while always begging for monies to support their programs (more people would come if they had fair prices) and it goes on...the administrators take extreme salaries and do not compromise their wages or benefits, yet keep increasing the burden on the students and taxpayers (they need to remember they work for us).

    March 4, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  32. Anonymous

    Why are coach's salaries skyrocketing?

    March 4, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  33. Bob K.

    Tony,

    Students should realize that state universities are the "BEST VALUE" available in achieving a college degree in America. State budgets have large deficits due to the recession and legislatures are looking to either increase revenues and decrease costs in all areas. Therefore, I think the tuition increases are justified and that states should increase out-of-state residents at a higher rate increase for ADDITIONAL revenue.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  34. James

    I was doing my Master's at a private university here in NY. After quickly realizing the return on my $1400/credit investment (36 to graduate), I left the school and went over seas to do my MA at one of the top European(University of London) universities. I completed it in one year and saved over $20K.
    Makes me realize how broken our system is when you can save money by going to a better school in a country where the cost of living is even higher.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  35. Allan

    These people protesting the cuts to education seem to be oblivious to the fact that we are in serious economic times. To think that every other aspect of society has to tighten their belts while eduction can continue on like everything was fine is very narrow sighted. Wake up folks and smell the coffee. Everyone has to give up a little, teachers and students are no different. People are going hungry out there yet you want us to spend money on education at their expense?

    March 4, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  36. James

    Mark has a point, how come tuition has rose and outpaced inflation? Colleges haven't made less money, a t-shirt with the school's logo on it stills cost about 20 bucks, they get grants and federal aid. I wonder what the average salary could be for the coaches, professors, Regents and deans?

    March 4, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  37. lisa georgia

    Hi Tony! i dont know what the answers are to the worlds problems of today, but it is very frightening to say the least. these numbers that are thrown around are just amazing and hard to grasp. i just hope that the rest of my children (have 5, one almost done with college) will be able to attend college and make something of themselves. i myself am a widow raising them and hope even at my age to be able to make something of myself someday.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  38. Matt N Dallas

    Hi Tony,
    Thanks for the info on the Education stimulus! I will look there now!

    As an Electrical Engineer, (Masters EE) with also nearly a Masters in Computers Science, I have not been able to get a job after applying to 500 companies and jobs. Guess what! 268,242 H-1B applications were submitted by those companies to hire foreigners! Guess what! MANY of them are for the Universities! So many that I cant count them!

    Why is it that I spent 12 years in the US Navy/Navy Reserves, to defend this country – as 3 generations of my forefathers did – only to be replaced by foreigners? Note, I was laid off from Texas Instruments last year – along with 3600 others. TI then applied for 224 H-1Bs for foreigners! Many of those people hired were for the same job as mine! I have a 50 page report on this, if your interested.
    -Matt

    March 4, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  39. Karrie Arrendale

    I go to the University of West Georgia in Carrollton Georgia. The budget cut is not the University systems fault. it is the state legislature that told our president of the university to cut 8.1 million dollars. The legislature gave our university president less than a week to make up a plan for cuts. The cuts include cutting out full majors such as middle grade and other education majors. The Girl you talked to from New York this morning needs to get her facts straight, she talks about how they are angry with their university, but it is not the university's fault that the government is making them cut millions of dollars.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  40. Tony

    Tuition increase is my biggest pet pieve. As an adult student currently at Germanna Community College in Virginia, I am also appalled by the drestic increases in tuition this past semester, (32%)last semester (28%) and another projected increase next semester. I often ask myself the question, "How can they (these institutions) increase tuition in a time of recession and increasing job loss." When you look into the details of where the money is going, it boggles the mind. These increases are going to the salaries of the fat-cats in the institution. Another example, are unecessary upgrades to the lab which is currently under utilized.

    These increase are hurting the cash strap students like myself. Most of the younger students are supported by government grants and do not have a worry, therefore, maybe the reason why we are lacking a voice. The increase next semester will severely impact a lot of students like myself.

    The problem with these institution, like the States and Government is "run-away" spending at all levels of the institution. When compared to the States and Government – they are no different. Maybe, they need to take lessons from under-developed countries how they produced outstanding students without the billions.

    Tony in VA

    March 4, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  41. martin paone

    there is too much repetition in our school system. after 8 years of grammar school, high school can be cut to 2 years and college can be cut to 2 also. it is only the the kids who are smart enough and can afford advanced degrees like medicine that need to spend 16 years in school.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  42. michael Dulle

    Dear Tony,

    I am a past Internal Vice Chair of the California State Student (CSU) Association which represents all CSU students in California in policy-making decisions in California. Unlike the students at NYU (with whom you just spoke), CSU students have a unique voice in their education at each Campus, at the CSU Trustees Meetings, and, at all levels of the California State Legislature. As a past student representative, I deeply feel the pains of NYU and all students in our dis-United States. Our political system is the best that money can buy. Unfortunately, "political patronage" is the basis of how people get appointed to positions as Trustees. Students in California still suffer from ignorant and greedy trustees who place themselves above the best interest of students or our country. I praise the students who dare to have their voices heard- and, I pray they maintain "professional" and "civil" protests.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  43. Tina

    In country that are having tough economic time, students are the true suffers, and university and college raise tuition it is an other example of greed that college and university are finding ways to get more money out of students, to fill in the pocket of administrative,instead of the quality education that one deserve.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  44. Michele

    I work in a After-School Program in Brooklyn, NY. I witness these children having difficulties finishing their homework, reading, and writing. With the budget cuts now some after-school programs are being shut down, but this a way that students could have an improvement in their Education by having these programs. I'm also a student in Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY) where the tuition fees are increasing. The thought of the city messing around with Education creates a devastation. The point is without Education there is no future, how many people does it need to get that point across?

    March 4, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  45. Nelda Boyce

    Cuts in the Desoto Co. Mississippi school system – Ms government has cut funding so the school system is cutting out physical education and art and music teachers for next year, – they have been told they will be out of jobs– and where is the worry about obese children, and a well rounded education for these Mississippi kids? Talk about short sighted, Mississippi is on the bottom of the list already, and going deeper.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  46. DallasHolmes, Jr

    The entire higher education system is a dinosaur. Since the invent of the PC and the Internet, the basic system has not changed. The system of higher education must be overhauled and updated to reflect the modern times and to be more efficient and effective. The federal government should hold back funding until colleges replace outdated classroom attendance with Internet sessions at home, replace lecturers with a recorded Internet library, replace expensive classroom buildings with home study methods, replace the time comsuming commute to college the campus with home study via the Internet, replace expensive books with online access to information. Replace testing in college classrooms with open-book online testing methods. Higher education efficiency can be increased by 50 percent and the costs reduced by 50 percent with one good systems and procedures analyst!

    March 4, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  47. jt

    good morning tony , just thought we would share something with your viewers that we have decided to do to make and use our money for retirement , ... we ( i ) am nearing early retirement and my wife is 50 years old ,, we have decided to move overseas ( philippines ) where the USD goes about 10 times further than here in the USA ... we have bought property already and plan to build a 2300sq. ft. home where we expect to completely build for 30,000.00 USD ... and this government has free health and hospital stays , your viewers may like this for a story
    jt & viviana
    carson city , nevada

    March 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  48. Barbara Fitzgerald

    What everyone seems to be missing is that while the stimuls money did save teachers' jobs during 2009-2010 (the current year), we are now working to develop budgets for 2010-2011. The stimulus money has been spent. Schools are left with making up for the projected state cuts for 2010-2011 plus now making up for the gap that is left without the ongoing stimulus money. The reason this is all coming up now, is that districts, by California state law, must send out layoff notices by March 15.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  49. dian duran

    Wow, Petra, Sherry and Brad i seem to think you have the finger on the problem. Thanks for your imputs, now if we could get some one to actually take us serious and listen. But isn't that always a delima, no one listens until it is to late...dian

    March 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  50. Briansz

    Tony,
    CNN would do a world of good if it's researchers would look at the why of rising costs to public, social and healthcare services while the military complexe budget, CEOs and the rich and famous salaries continue rising as if this country was run by insane people. According to alternative economics indicators 24.9 % of the worlds military industrial complex budjets would suffice to pay for all education, social services and health care world wide. The greedy war mongers could continue their wars with the rest of the 75.1% of the worlds military industrial complex budjets. Check out alternative economic indicators like those of Hazel Henderson and others instead of continuing to disinform public on the real issues and where all this money is disappearing. We all know where it is going and quit fooling ourselves. Take care

    March 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  51. Jeff M

    I think the budget cuts are necessary. We have huge deficits due to a recession but more importantly they're due to reckless spending. Tuition is always going up regardless of budget cuts. Media should start investigating on where all the money goes in regards to these educational institutions. I believe these schools spend their money irresponsibly and with too much haste. Its time for America to start holding itself responsible, and stop relying so much on funding from someone else.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  52. Nelda Boyce

    love the tie in between retirement and the education cuts- my art teacher daughter has been told she,along with several hundred other art,music,and phys ed teachers,assistants,etc, will all lose their jobs after the end of this school year due to budget cuts by the state. Hey, who can retire? I was looking forward to retirement if Obama could pass a bill where I could not be denied coverage due to preexisting conditions, but now I will have to continue to work to help support my daughter and granddaughters,and to keep health insurance. Jobs are scarce in Mississippi and becoming more so by the minute. Retire????? A pipe dream.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  53. Chuck

    Hello Mr. Tony:
    You seem to have a good dose of energy on set. Is that a sign that you are totally happy with your job? Economists use a term called MARGINAL UTILITY to determine citizens level of happiness, and slick governments use a process called FELECIT to learn of voters happiness. I tell you that using either format to inspect people in America since March 2008 you will discover that Americans are very un-happy with life in the U.S.A. I cast the blame for the unpleasant livelihood in the U.S. solely on CAPITALISTIC/DEMOCRACY.
    Yours truly.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  54. Ron Heimer

    I can't feel any sympathy for the students who feel they are being overcharged for an education. Funding for schools have funded the most outrageous programs and facility and I feel the American people want it stopped. If those students want higher education the let them pay for it.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  55. Paul J Ducker

    Just as politicians are living in a bubble and don't seem to "get it ", so do college administrators, who have been riding the gravy train of multibillion dollar endowments and donations for many years while students and their parents must foot the bill of ever increasing tuition and fees. My child's college recently announced plans to build a new campus on the site of a Chrysler factory that just closed nearby. This does not square with the their constant whining about decimated endowments. College presidents are now hired for their salesmanship skills and winning personalities in order to "take the University to the next level" , no longer for their dedication to EDUCATION.

    Ultimately, this policy can blow up in their faces, ie. Binghamton University in New York, the "crown jewel" of the New York State public college system, which followed the time tested formula of raising awareness ( donations ) through an emphasis on its basketball program. A predictable scandal ensued that involved enrolling "players for hire" . Many schools take this road. Few get caught.

    The Federal Government is not helping the plight of students and parents very much either, despite their claims. My wife and I are paying almost $600 per month on a Parent Plus Federal loan at a 7.9% interest rate, when the Prime rate stands at 3.25%. Eight years ago, the rate was HALF of that. Repeated letters and calls to my Congresswoman have yielded no results or financial relief for us. Something is not right.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  56. Sherry N. Calif.

    Our society from Main St., Wall St., Your St. and My Street has had the ME, ME, ME attitude for way to long. We all think we are so great. Look where it has got us?
    Get into your community and volunteer. Turn off the reality TV shows that make stars out of anybody these days. I call them dysfunctional. Where are our values?
    Look around you and you will see that GREED is everywhere.

    "The market place has replaced the practice of citizenship with the rituals of consumption."

    Ask the right questions. What has led America astray? What can I do? Anger in not sufficient and it will not solve our problem.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  57. Arthur Martin

    I don't believe we should subsidize current entitlements (including college tuition) by incuring more national debt. See the Newsweek (3/6/10) Defusing the Debt Bomb by Fareed Zakaria.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  58. Janet

    Hi Tony,
    Here's two facts:
    1. People who run universities are not "business people" – meaning, they don't value planning & budgeting, managing, developing efficient processes, or looking at the big picture. They are frequently former faculty members with limited depth and breadth of knowledge about fundamentals of running a "business". (Note: they also eschew the idea that education is a "business"). As such, there is a lot of entitlement, waste and bad business practices.
    2. Public universities are subsidized by .................. taxes. No taxes = no subsidies = higher fees. I suspect that many of the people who are protesting against higher fees are also protesting against taxes.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  59. Judith Hartman

    I spent fifty six years in NJ then three years in PA and now living in KY. I would like to know where the tax dollars I paid went to while ten out of twelve years my child went to private school.
    Because of the cost of college is cheaper if you live in state I moved to PA because my child wanted to go to Kutztown University.
    There are people with money who manage to find ways to hide their income and take advantage of the system. Interest should be lower and the company's loaning the students money need to understand as you know that a job does not pop up out of no where.
    For every one resume you do there are one hundred more send with yours. No one does a face to face application today, every thing is done on the internet.
    You need a college education to get a job and after graduation good luck finding one.
    Is there a answer to this problem? Is there any answers to the countries problems? Yes!! kick out the current president

    March 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  60. L Adams

    Tony, i have known a teacher for over 30 years, she has always spent her own money to purchase supplies for her students and she was not alone, this has always been a problem with this country, we allow CEO's to take billions of dollars out of the system yet we can't pay teachers enough to educate our kids, or buy supplies, the result is the bunch of uneducated idiots we now have infesting our government, shame on you AMERICA! We deserve what we get! We can't see the future past our wallets.

    LA

    March 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  61. Dissenting from Michigan

    Teachers are getting laid off, tuition is on the rise, nobody can find a job, our news industry is collapsing, our lawmakers can't seem to do anything and corporate America is laughing all the way to the bank. Something is horribly horribly wrong with America.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  62. Sheree Williams

    University officials within the Louisiana State University System including the University of New Orleans have received an additional pay up to $70,000 per year in the midst of laying off staff and increasing tuition and fees. It seems the Obama stimulus money helped offset cost while highly paid administrators all received additional pay to expand their duties and their pocketbooks........additional duties.......what is that????? How can you work 24 hrs a day while others are being asked to work for free...........it's laughable and the joke is being played on us, the American taxpayers

    March 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  63. Jaycie

    Since the end of World War II, we have taken it upon ourselves to be the world's policeman, and maybe it's time to stop. No other industrialized country except maybe Israel maintains the kind of military that we do (and of course we help with the financing there), and it is draining our resources, resources that we should be using for domestic purposes like education, health care, etc., things that acftually benefit our citizens directly. We are falling farther and farther behind and will no longer be able to compete if we don't refigure our priorities, and soon!

    March 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  64. Fred

    At Purdue
    1) undergrad fees pay the majority of the general fund budget. State appropriations have only dropped to 2008 levels. 90% of the general funds budget is paid for from these two sources. This pays for...
    2) professors who teach less than 40% of the classes...
    3) the grad students teach the remainder of the undergrad classes...
    4) the grad students are paid for teaching and given fee remissions so they get paid to get a grad degree free...
    5) over 40% of grad students are international (#1 China, #2 India, #3 Korea). 36% of faculty are international.
    6) undergrads mostly pay for their fees using loans, not gifts and grants, so they're mortgaging their futures to pay profs and grad students.
    7) University administrators encourage profs to do research and start outside businesses...
    8) Lax state law and little if any oversight of conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment allow profs to spend university time on outside
    activities.
    9) Funding and PR is mostly directed to shiny new research buildings which are often sparcely populated.
    10) Quantity of research seems to be the norm... not quality!

    There are many profs and administrators that don't fit this apparent bashing, but there are many that do!

    Is Indiana getting the returns on its investment?

    March 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  65. Myrna

    How do these students have time to protest. When I worked two jobs and went to college, any time I had off was spent studying. Oh, and by the way, I didn't have money to drink and party. These kids need to understand that they are no longer supposed to be taken care of by their parents or "big daddy," ( the government) and that higher education is not a right. If they want the advantages of higher education, they will probably have to make some sacrifices in some other areas of their lives.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  66. L Adams

    This country is going the way of all great nations that forget the people, (all the people), the lines are being drawn in the ground, Race, Age, Working People, Students, Business, Farmers, Women, Politicians, Media,etc, are all about to clash like never before, are you ready AMERICA, it's called "Self destruction" good luck!

    LA

    March 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  67. Poor in Tennessee

    I am a fifth year PhD candidate and I work as an adjunct professor. I work full time teaching 6 classes a year and I make 9,000 dollars yearly with no benefits.
    Poor in TN

    March 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  68. Mark

    Partying one night, complaining about tuition the next morning. Maybe instead of protesting higher tuitions, we should be protesting how much money is wasted on partying at these universitites.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  69. Himan garg

    I am an under graduate student at Indiana University. I don't understand how the country is cutting budgets in areas that effect tomorrow's future?if we are short-changed in our education, the future doesn't seem very promising.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  70. L Adams

    OH! by the way, there will be nowhere to hid you Rich, Selfish, Greedy, Inconsiderate, so-called Great Americans, money won't save you, only GOOD WILL TOWARD MAN, WOMAN , AND CHILDREN,

    PEACE, LOVE

    March 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  71. Gale Thompson

    Why is no one talking about the effect of illegal immigration on education? Schools have been flooded with immigrants, which is certainly straining financial resources. This is NOT about race; it is about fiscal triage! In a time of crisis, you have to give precedence to things with the highest priority. In this instance, it is educating the citizens of the United States.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  72. Sam hagedorn

    Good for you guys to draw attention to higher education! Educationis an investment by society.

    Great work!

    As a student, I know our generation will be the one's who need to save the world– we're going to need a quality education to make it.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  73. Margaret Thompson

    Thanks for not disregarding that glaring spelling error...Make ends meat! It jumped out at me immediately...this person needs more than a few more stimulus dollars to get her degree if this is her starting point.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  74. N/A

    Why cant students Bill the college/ Gov. for the high Prices.

    I do see that eventually colleges/universitys will only be for the rich, oh wait I think they are already at that point.

    maybe if the colleges wouldn't spend the money they get on buildings and high priced fun, like the college I have here did. we would have less to pay.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  75. Frank Sullivan

    Hey, Tony:

    You are one of the most talented voices in all media. I am a married, father of two teenage girls. My wife and I work hard and look on the bright side.

    You have a way of bringing issues to light in a thought-provoking, yet fair-minded manner.

    I would really like to get a "good" email to which I may send you an email with attachments. I know you would be interested in reading them.

    Gratefully,

    Frank

    March 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  76. Terri Wright

    I would be less concerned with the state of our higher education if undergrads actually could understand the English language when they got there, or before they left. Meat/meet. I taught 7th grade English/Reading for 29 years....students could care less about our language...until their resume looks liker a 5th grader wrote it. We need more student accountability from the ground up. Public schools THROUGH university.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  77. Leo

    Imagine a world in which schools have everything they need and the militiary has to hold bake sales to buy a new bomber.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  78. Mrs. Williams

    It is not only the students that are suffering it is the parents too. We try to help our children and go into debt with private loans because they don't have the credit yet to do it on their own. We also pay our older students health care because they get kicked off our health insurance once they make a certain age. With rising medical costs and loans for our kids how are we going to make it?

    March 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  79. jay

    College spending has gone through the roof.....looking back into history one can recall Professors teaching students while standing on a rock and not whining about research grants and tenure. Remember Socrate's anyone ?

    March 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  80. Chris

    If students cannot afford to go to University then they must try the job market, which is not kind at the moment, particularly to people without a college degree. Further, unless we want to erode American ingenuity even further, then we need everyone who is capable to have the opportunity to learn and innovate.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  81. Mike

    Education is the foundation of democratic our society. It makes the US competitive in the world economy and it facilitates workers moving from shrinking industries to growing industries. Higher education directly equals higher wages. A better educated society will directly increase GDP and therefore the tax base. Education is the second most important goverment responsibilty after providing for our nation's defense. Knowledge is power.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  82. liz

    I've watched students who are the first in their families to go to college drop out because they have to make a choice between books, fees or food. As a undergraduate at UCI I know how tough it is to get through the year, and financial aid doesn't cover nearly enough of us. Not only that, but the university has cut ridiculous amounts from the Humanities because we don't have as many alumni that make millions.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  83. Adrian Turner

    The rise in the cost in higher education is just part of the continuation of the divide between the haves (the rich), and the have nots (everybody else). American society is being polarized more and more every day back to a Dickensian society.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  84. Ms. Jenkins

    The worlst thing I have seen is ambivalence to the need for education. In San Francisco, where there is approx. $100 million dollar defecit and 900 pink slips are being sent out, there has been alleged corruption. and there has been substantiated mismanagement of funds. At the last minute the city say it can use its funds but why wasn't that a priority for city funds all along.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  85. Joshua Hathaway

    Tony, when it comes to the high cost of education, I had the choice to go to college, or get a job in a construction union, I chose the Union, and am glad that I did. I make as much as someone with a Bachelors Degree and I'm not done with my apprenticeship. I do wish I would of gone to college so my lifetime potential earnings would be better, but I should be able to pay for myself to go through college, once I finish my apprenticeship, and I didn't have to put myself in debt to get here.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  86. Peggy

    Does anyone know how little adjunct professors are paid? Average $2000 per course per term or $8,000 -$12,000 per year with no benefits. Phd's teaching at multiple universities just to eat, and forget going to a doctor.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  87. Nick

    A large amount of costs could be lowered if the States stopped giving a free education to illegal immigrants.

    Revenue could be generated from the Vendors who sell in the school systems, if they put some of their profits back into the schools.

    I'm not an economist, but those seem like obvious fixes to me.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  88. jamarr sr.

    just a question. would going to school on line be cheeper? maybee that can help.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  89. George Rogers

    when u report on rate hikes in edu, medical, etc. it helps when the public can see what is costing the increase- someone has to be making money/profits along the supply chain and i bet they are gameing the system, like claiming to recover R&D expenditures..... for the 1000th time.

    George

    March 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  90. Stanley Duett

    I remember when the state of CA was trying to get the Lottery approved one of the stiplations was that a small percentage of lottery money would go to the the schools, Where is that money and how much did or do they receive. I find it odd that once our President said he wanted better schools and that they would get funding that the schools started changing their budgets like they had no money. Its strange all the people saying they don't have money yet the Church and Hospitals and schools are being built faster than ever. Something is not on the up and up.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  91. Roger

    If we are your future leaders who are supposed to keep this country great, you should be investing in us, not putting outrageous burdens on us.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  92. Michael

    I'm not suprised by this. With the economy in turmoil, the education will be affected by this turmoil. I feel sorry for all the student that are suffering from this. I myself go to a community college and I have notice some of the prices went up and I don't know if I want to go a university or not after reading this report.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  93. Rosario Felice

    With the feds. giving the states money for jobs and other things. Most states are like the feds. they can not control spending. That is like giving a shop-aholic a credit card with no limit and have nothing to show for it. the Feds. need to create jobs even before health care with that the feds. could start getting taxes to pay off our dedt.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  94. Bob

    Tony,
    In answer to the person who wrote these are hard times and education has to suffer too: when a society cuts this deeply into educational opportunities for its students, it cuts off its future.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  95. Gail

    Hi Tony:
    Phoenix

    I was surprised to see the University of Arizona among the schools with such large increases in tuition. Staying in state and attending the U Of A was the best decision that our daughter made in 2002. She received a scholarship from the school and from other entities outside of the school, budgeted every dollar and completed in three years - Magna Cum Laude.

    We are an African American middle class family, however we live wisely. Everyone and I do mean everyone has got to tighten the belt during these slim times. Are educational institutions cutting the special projects that are not fully funded from a source other than tuition, are students staying in their home state, pooling resources with their peers to reduce their expenses, considering two year community college for general education courses and making the switch to a four year institution later or choosing a four year community college over the university? Don't protest about the cost, identify the best way you can afford to pursue your educational endeavors and live within your means!!!! Educational institutions need to also cut out the fat and get back to basics. The problem is that they now have inflated their budgets and changes will impact all of their employees. Getting the degree and serving those who pursue a degree is still possible with proper financial planning.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  96. Etique facere

    It appears that this country once again do not reallize that affordable Education is even more important than healthcare.
    No wonder we are producing a generation of drrrrrr people.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  97. Colleen Ann

    My husband is a professor in the Math Department at Grand Valley State University in Michigan....... he has been at this school for 20 years and is only making $60,000...... it's the administration of the University's that make all the money. Unless the school has a Union the Department of Mathematics is one of the lowest paid at any University. So don't blame all the teachers, we are just trying to make a living for us and our 6 children like everyone else...... Tell University's to start hiring people here in the USA and not from foreign countries, help the people here in the USA. Oh also we do pay for part of our insurance and when we retire, we do not have insurance so pass the Health Care Reform. Thank God we are Blessed with a job

    March 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  98. Donald McComb

    As a former Asst. Academic Dean, colleges are not run efficiently or with checks and balances. College Presidents recommend people for their Board of Trustees, their loyalty is to the President. I've seen tenured faculty paid for an entire year before early retirement to stay home because they were poor teachers and you couldn't get rid of them. Tenured faculty spend 12 hrs. in the classroom a week, 3-4 in advising and some grading, 3 in meetings, and possibly another 6 in additional grading or reading. They work for only 28 weeks and get paid a full years salary and benefits. Presidents are building monuments to themselves (in the form of buildings) and just believe students will take more loans to pay the higher prices.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  99. kathleen

    Tony,
    I can't blame Obama for this. Just one state who received 11.5 Billion Dollars of Stimulus is broke and wants to raise taxes by 50%. See for yourself at (www.ntui.org) to see the where the spending goes.That is just one State!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just like the Federal Government, the salaries,retirements, and and Health Care of the Politicians and gov. high level employees is absolutely robbing our States and National
    Government of the money they need for schools, and buildings that were set up for the aged-have been closed by Hot Shots running our Government! It is appalling. At this (www.ntui.org) you will see and example of how they receive 11.5 Billion to recover and spend it on
    keeping up with their absolute HUGE retirements and salaries. You can see for yourself what other states are doing with the money,
    and I am afraid, they are not spending it on jobs, education or help
    for the people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where did the 11.5 Billion go?

    March 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  100. Paul

    I just graduated from college in December with a degree in Japanese & International trade. I can't find work anywhere... everything shuts me down for lack of experience. I couldn't extend my years or even consider graduate school because the cost was getting unbearable. The budget cuts are getting ridiculous and those of us just getting out can't find work.

    We're in for another economic crisis when student loans start defaulting. I personally can't pay mine when they start in May. I work a minimum wage job while trying to fight this job market. I looked at my financials and even if I put 100% of my pay right now into student loans, I still come up a few hundred short.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  101. Bob Chalmers

    A college is an investment just like any other. College grads lifetime earnings are so much larger than a high school grad ( I have heard as much as 1 million) so why shouldn't they pay for this investment.
    Your comparisons between 1999 and 2010 showed quite a difference but you failed to show how much more that education's lifetime earnings were worth in the same period. Lets compare apples to apples.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  102. Ken in NC

    Tony, there is no solution to our mony problems. Our system will have to collapse and we will all have to start over from barter to money again. The cost of everything is tied to a cycle and as one thing goes up so does everything else. You can pick any point in the cycle and see how the cost of everything is tied to others.

    The farmer seels his food for more to offset increased taxes and cost of fertilizers, I pay more so I get pay raise and the school charges more to cover the cost of my increase and books and electricity and other cost. Schools get more scholorship money and foundations beg for more money and I donate more but now need more money to meet my debt. It's vicious never ending cycle.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  103. Ryan

    I am a 23 year old community college student in San Francisco ready to transfer. instead of going to college right out of high school I spent my ages 18-21 trying out numerous jobs, networking and building a strong resume for "someone my age". After moving back to the bay area in April 2007 I found a bookkeeping and a few months later found myself being able to afford attending community college. Since then I've been promoted to manager of my firm's financial department and ready to transfer to a university as a business administration major. I went to school because I could afford it. I've met too many people in my age group (18-24) that have gone to college not knowing what they want to go there for which turns into a waste of money. State budgets instead should focus A LOT more attention on the high school level, prepping them to actually be injected into today's world as workable adults. I'd write more but I think I have a limit here...

    March 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  104. Jeff

    Tony,

    Thanks for reading my comments. First, I'm glad I obtained my Bachelor's degree in 1993, when a college education was reasonably affordable. Now, I couldn't get an advanced degree if my life depended on it, what with Federal programs being cut, and colleges and universities raising tuitions. It's the perennial cry of educators and municipal officials alike. Poor us, we have to raise rates, tuition, etc.. or cut services. It's funny, the first thing these officials do is threaten us with these cuts. But, you'll never hear them volunteer to cut their salaries. Why is that?

    March 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  105. Matt

    For every dollar spent on higher ed in Colorado, 10 dollars is generated! The road to recovery for our economy is the same road to recovery for our universities. Fund higher ed and you improve the local economy while giving students the tools they need to qualify for jobs in this economy!

    March 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  106. Arthur Higgs Georgia

    Please help me with this. Ask some of your listeners the question below. I just heard for the one millionth time republicans like John Boehner say "this President is forcing this health care bill down the throats of the American people." Furthermore, "The American people don't want this bill." QUESTION: Who are these inferred Americans who don't want this bill passed? Whom are they talking about? I hear this statement frequently over many broadcasts and I don't know who they are referring to. I see protestors in cities around the country today, protesting educational issues. But I haven't seen any news feed of protestors or demonstrators asking the president to stop the health care bill legislation. I'm a registered Independent and my wife is Democrat and I don't know why the Tea Partiers and republicans don't think we can’t see through their lies to us about health. The American people aren't saying no to health care reform as far as I can see.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  107. N/A

    I am thinking of writing a email to the city that I live in. all because, you can go and talk to the a rep. here and all they do is do work on their comp. and say Uh huh, and miss understand you.

    why do we have to pay for this kind of non-sense?

    March 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  108. Show

    Here's a suggestion. Why can't the US higher education system mimic the UK's by making most academic programs three years with the option to work in a PAID professional placement in your fourth year. This would help cut down some of the costs and debt students are saddled with. However, I doubt we will adopt this because that fourth year could be a serious economic loss that colleges would not want to consider. Beneficial to them, terrible for students.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  109. Jim McCollum

    Oh please... STOP the WHINING! There is no such thing as a free lunch. Higher education is not a right but a paid-for-privilege. The larger issue of government spending at all levels has to be addressed. To much government involvement equals too much money being wasted. Freedom equals choices and we as a people are giving up these choices on the hope of a trouble free existence being provided by a bloated inefficient “We can fix it if we just spend more of your money” government run philosophy.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  110. cj

    Tony they don't need more money from us, they need to use the money better. What is the money is being spent on? These administrators would rather pay for their personal comforts versus true education. This why they want to increase fees (have to pay for the deans new office). We all admire the landscape of the modern college campus, but what does it cost? Or how about the 6-7 paid assistants to ever one administrator (who does nothing)? Why should we continue to fund failure? As a current community college student in California, a large portion of the faculty are incompentent, yet their jobs are protected, why? They are suppose to be experts in their fields, yet most of them are the slackers from high school gone on to become teachers. Do we really want these goof-offs educating are children? We want teachers that exceed the standards, not the ones who just barely made it. Standards-standards-standards.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  111. Kara

    People don't understand that education has been taking cuts for years, especially in California-thanks to our "wonderful" Govenor and now they want us to cut even more. Just in my small school district(about 15 schools) they are planning on cutting more than 5 million. The govt. is very happy to make cuts, raise class size and then complain when our scores are not high.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  112. deborah

    Hello! on the screening test on cancer ! my husband is 45 and has a lump in his right breast ,i had a lump removed at 42 and another set of clusters removed last year and i'm 53 now .i have 2 friends under 50 who have cancer big time one had a sore back and has come out to be bone type cancer the other breast the type that is hormone relatived that feeds off her body .many people i have known have died from cancer .my mother has had it twice ,one rare type on the back of her head 20 yrrs later breast removal 79 and still kicking .thank you for listening. i believe we do need a heath plan and the middle class is the one stuck in the middle..... he's right about that. we have a not bad insurance but ,i got stuck with 4000 bucks,because i had a nerves break down last spring and they do not consider in impotant!! dj

    March 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  113. Katherine Harmeyer U of Arizona Parent and Family Assoc. Board

    The tuition increases at the University of Arizona are largely the result of draconian funding cuts made by the Arizona legislature, which have totaled $100 million over the last 18 months alone.

    Since 1980, Arizona lawmakers have reduced the state's share of the funding for our three public universities from 20% of total revenue to less than 10%, which violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the Arizona constitution's mandate that the Arizona University System must provide instruction that is "as nearly free as possible."

    Federal stimulus funds totalling $844 million for our Arizona's three state universities have "backfilled" a portion of the State's funding cuts, but the University of Arizona has already cut 600 jobs and will likely be forced to enact further cuts if public funding is not restored, even with proposed student tuition and fee increases of over 30%.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  114. mike sey

    The solution to college budget cuts is more starbucks, Porn shops, sex trade, Drug trading, lifeguards and casinos, places where healthy students can work nights to pay tuition OR slightly higher taxes OR give up on being a world leading nation and settle into a drooling teaParty survival mode.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  115. Kara

    People don't seem to know that education has been taking cuts for years,especially in CA thanks to our "wonderful" Govenor. Just in my small school district of about 15 schools they're looking to cut more than 5 million THATS A LOT. The govt. is very perfectly happy to cut education, raise class size and then complain when our scores aren't high.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  116. Myrna Glick

    California has a very inadequate public school system at present. Further cuts will be disastrous. I worked in the New Jersey schools for many years. There just is no comparison.
    Myrna J. Glick, Ph.D.
    Licensed Psychologist, NJ and CA

    March 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  117. Karen Lupnacca

    I am real tired of hearing how the economy is turning around. Just in my family alone my son with an Electrical Engineering degree from Temple University can't find a job, my daughter who is a teaching is being laid off, my husband may be laid off, my son's girlfriend who is a teacher is also being laid off, my other daughter 's future father-in-law can't find a job. Some improvement in the economy!

    March 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  118. Hanne

    Education is key to everything..... Education should be free and available to everyone in America. Spend the tax money on education, this is key to a highly educated work force later on, which equals more jobs and better competitive advantage globally.

    Empower the teachers – pay the good ones a competitive salary – give them a bonus system that is measured on the kids success... get rid of the bad teachers.

    Class sizes up to 28 students can work successfully – they do in other highly developed and well educated countries... this is just a bad excuse. Parents can help here by being on their toes and showing the kids how to be independent and responsible students instead of nursing them too much.....

    March 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  119. Elizabeth

    Tuition hikes at Colleges: Colleges have allowed needless majors / courses / professors – here's a few from Duke:
    Dating and Mating at Duke
    Feminism in Historical Context
    Money, Sex, Power
    Gender and Popular Culture
    Interpreting Bodies: Identity and Beyond
    Race, Gender, and Sexuality
    Gender and Political Theory
    Nature, Culture and Gender
    Feminist Ethics
    Transnational Feminism
    Queer Theory
    black female bodies in Art
    Black popular culture
    Latino hip hop

    March 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  120. Carlyn P.

    An independent, non-profit organization (Georgia Budget and Policy Institute) came up with suggestions that would bring in more revenue to Georgia instead of require spending cuts. I sent their .pdf to Sen. Seth Harp on the Senate Higher Education committee and he sent me the same non-response letter that I imagine he's sending to everyone that writes him. He could at least look at the suggestions and tell me what is wrong with them, but he couldn't even do that!

    March 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  121. Tyler

    I just watched your portion on the rallies against the rise in tuition, and was excited to see students finally standing up for themselves. I currently attend Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and our tuition just increased as well. It is interesting that afterward you went and talked about the stimulus bill helping this education crisis. When you say it created 3,000 new jobs, great, but where??? Students don't need more adminstrative jobs created, which ultimately it goes. Better yet they need the money to go to hese failing instiutions like teacher salaries, grants, and loans.I think it's time the Administration look at where they put their money and learn how to prioritize spending like the students that attend their schools.

    March 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  122. Anna

    When our schools are in trouble, we are all in trouble long term. Why are we not able to shave off money from our foreign aid to take care of our own?

    March 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  123. E.Q.

    Hello Ali,

    Intersting story about the protesting across the country over tuition hikes!!!! I am sorry to hear that about their tuition hikes, but we all had the same problems, in 2004 my school hiked tuition, so you deal with it or don't go to school. I don't know if protecting during a severe recession is going to make the money reappear. Course this is the 'Me' generation! They are not entitled to a college education. I don't think there are sour grapes Ali, some have worked for thier education. Perhaps we should just give everything away. It seems to me that all of America seems to think they are entitled. There was a time when states had to tighten thier belts you just dealt with it now we just have brats to contend with.

    March 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  124. Jim

    Our daughter just graduated with a BA from a private college. Happily she was able to finish this chapter in her life debt free without financial aid. This was the result of hard work, scrimping and saving by our family over many years. When did a college education become a right in this country? The public education system guarantees access and free education for every child in the US, but this does not include college. I am in favor of financial aid for qualified college students with the full expectation of 100% repayment of the loan within a reasonable time. (The exception is for military service where I support full educational debt forgiveness at the completion of service to our country.) No everyone in our society will be able to attend college. To load the burden of "college i a right" on the backs of taxpayers is just one more way our country is sliding toward bankruptcy.

    March 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  125. Sherry N. Calif.

    Where is our tax money and stimulus money going? This is where part of is going. College Coach salaries from around the country, Found this on USA Today web site. I googled and it is out there for anyone to see.
    At least $1 million
    56 of them
    At least $2 million
    25 of them
    At least $3 million
    9 of them
    At least $4 million
    3 of them

    March 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  126. Dr. J.

    Public school teachers are stressed because of ever-increasing class size, concerns about job termination due to budget cuts, etc. University students are marching today in protest to the ever-rising cost of tuition. One solution is to tap into the retired senior citizens’ pool of expertise. There’s a wealth of knowledge in specific content (e.g., math) and experience in education and a multitude of ways in which seniors can contribute. Educational institutions need to look carefully at this pool and reach out to them to teach a class or two, tutor, or provide service in other ways. To coin CNN’s Carol Costello’s phrase –“Just sayin”… Dr. J.

    March 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  127. kent

    Of course cuts in education are the answer. There is no other answer because the u.s. is 65 trillion broke. Cut the salaries, health care and pensions of teachers, increase class sizes, eliminate expensive sports like football, eliminate mandatory education, and start online classes. Education is not an emergency and needs to be cut rather than raising taxes on people who are single or retired. There is no more money unless you want to tax the rich but OMG we can't do that. The poor rich people will whine.

    March 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  128. Jus

    I just looked up the 1800's style protest and it was mainly about woman rights which they really didn't have any. yet, where this comes into play is that now instead of just women not having rights, its $$(No Kidding)

    but I thought there was another protest like the one's we are seeing now? I guess it was not the 1800's. Does anyone know when and where the one I am thinking about Happened?

    March 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  129. Don

    One of the greatest costs and drain on education is the pension and health insurance that teacher receives. There is an easy solution to the problem. 1. Make teacher work until their 65 like the rest of us and pay them more upfront. 2. Have a public insurance for everybody. It was stated in the health care summit that 50% of the population is all ready getting the best insurance now though their local, state and federal government jobs. (Teachers, postal workers, firemen, sanitation workers, transit workers, police men, air traffic controllers, FBI, CIA, FDA, DNR, government labs and research facilities, military, retired military, pubic officials, VA hospitals, cities, states, and federal workers, people on Medicare, people on welfare, illegal aliens, prisoners and many, many, more and their family) this all adds up to 150 mill people, now tell me how much longer we can afford this, we might as well putt everybody on Medicare. All week now the news has been stating the fact that one of the main reason health care is so expensive is because doctor and hospital only see about 4 cents on a dollar in payments. I myself do not believe that but if this is true, if we had a public option that payment percentage would go up considerably. If these hospital and doctor are still in the black at 4 cents on a dollar can you imagine how much money they would make if the payment percent would go up 50 to 75% on the dollar (or higher), they could cut the billing expensive in half and still make huge profits. It all comes down to doing the math. JUST ONE MORE REASON WE NEED A PUBLIC HEALTH CARE OPTION. California is the first to have big problem in their education deficits, the rest of the country will follow suite next year. WAKE UP PEOPLE this nation is in big trouble, one more thing to think about, if you think a jobs bill is going to change anything. Think again, most jobs created by small businesses pay less than $12 an hour with no or very few benefits.

    March 4, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  130. Frants

    We cannot afford for the next generation NOT to be educated. Education must be available and affordable for all students to ensure that our entire infrastructure will be taken over by educated people...and not by, well not educated folks. Incentives can be given by employers and/ or government to encourage further education. PS where does all the money from the rate hikes go? to the teachers??

    March 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  131. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    The cost of higher education is only part of the story. The rest of the story involves the debt that students and parents are incurring for this education. I have two daughters that are deep in debt and no promise for a good paying job in the near future as are many thousands of other American students. Why doesn't the government help bailout the future of this nation so these students can buy products to stimulate the economy instead of being indentured to large banks?

    March 5, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  132. Stefan Hall

    This comment is in response to the caller who suggested the high cost of education had something to do with faculty salaries. This is simply untrue. At the small, liberal arts college where I work as a professor, the president was recently discussing the budget, and he showed where, if 20% of the faculty were immediately let go, it would only say the college 3% in yearly operating costs. (And, he added, who would then teach all those now teacher-less classes.) Ever since higher education adopted the business model of education in the 1980s, there has been mismanagement of resources which has contributed to a bloating in the operating costs of institutions of higher education, which in turn has been passed along to the students. Furthermore, as state governments have rolled back the amount of funding they offer to higher education, the lack of funding is generally made up by increasing costs for the students. This is a complex, systemic problem that threatens the very future of our country. Education needs to be supported and recognized for its power to change our individual and collective destinies.

    March 5, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  133. Homeless D in Atlanta

    We have heard that tuition in CA has gone up something like 180%, yet the instructors claim they are taking pay cuts.

    Will someone please explain how that can be?

    Where did the money from the increase go, if not to pay instruction staff?

    March 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  134. Jeanie Tapscott

    A moment ago, I heard Tony Harris say that we needed more black,male teachers.......If a white anchor had said we need more white males in any field, that would be a news story in itself...and Mr. Sharpton or Mr. Jackson would be after that anchor's job! Equality is equality! THINK PEOPLE!

    March 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  135. Bob

    Tony is right about the need for more African-American male teachers and those who criticize this as being somehow reverse discrimination do not seem to know their history. You can not separate history from the discussion. The lack is there and it needs to be filled, not, by the way, for black students only, but for students of all races who need the life experience that those teachers could bring to the classroom.

    March 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  136. Christina

    I know how much OBAMA has on his plate and I respect that but he really needs to intervene in this broken education system across this country. It doesn't seem like the legislators value the educations of our future generations at all. There are more and more and more cuts being made that we will have not education system in a minute. Kids in Los Angeles have been suffering since the UNFUNDED MANDATE of NCLB was implemented and has totally turned education into lessons of taking tests vs. really learning how to read, write, and to be able to perform mathematics. It is a terrible situation in California with our Governor Arnold using education has his hacking ground. Maybe because none of his kids use public education he's not worried about anyone else's kids. We need help and we need it fast. If extreme changes aren't made fast to education in 20-40 years this country is going to function like a third world country.

    March 6, 2010 at 3:02 am |
  137. Anna

    Steve Perry needs to check his facts. This morning's story about college faculty salaries was GROSSLY misleading. I am a professor at a state university. I AM NOT receiving a pay raise, and my salary HAS BEEN FROZEN for the last three years. To imply that college faculty are akin to bank excutives who receive large salaries is a laughable comparison. I make less than public school teachers in my region. Not only have salaries been frozen at my school, we are having to teach MORE classes, teach LARGER classes, and have less time for research and creativity. The quality of higher education is at risk. Could we please have more stories about this declining quality of education, rather than skewed, false statements about college faculty salaries???

    March 6, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  138. E Baker

    You have got to be kidding me!!!
    You "Correspondent" Steve Perry is claiming that teachers salary's are the reason for a thirty five percent increase in tuition at colleges and universities this year! To quote the vice president "are you kidding? This is a joke right? are you serious?
    My wife and I are both professors we are both full time she makes less $35,000 dollars from her full-time position and my base salary is less than $60,000 a year as a professors at a public college in a major metropolitan area (top five market). My wife was informed that no raises will be forth coming this year. I believe my raise was in the 2% range, together this averages out to a less than 1.5% increase this year! To add insult to injury we owe in excess of $150,000 in student loans. Loans needed so that we could obtain the advanced degrees the Job requires. For your "correspondent" to claim that teachers salaries are the reason for this 35% increase is patently absurd!!!! To compare teacher salaries to the salaries on wall street is ridiculous! Please research before you make what are demonstrably false claims,
    Please!!!!!

    March 6, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  139. Sheryl in Florida

    I saw the Steve Perry comments on what's in back of the cost of tuition increases, and he couldn't be more wrong. As a Florida resident, I know that our state schools have had much less per student funding from the state budget over the past few years, while administrative costs for such programs as remediation (tutoring for kids who enter college not prepared), security and other such costs have increased. This is a nationwide problem. US News and World Report found that per student subsidies from state legislatures declined $1270 between 2002 and 2006. Meanwhile, in the post Virginia Tech world, security costs are rising, counseling costs have increased 23%, and costs for support staff who have nothing to do with classroom costs (like environmental compliance officers) continue to increase. People like Steve Perry and even President Obama seem content to blame all ills on those who teach. They need to understand that if they continue to do that, they will only turn people away from that profession, which will not cure the problem. I am not a teacher,by the way, but I admire those who continue to try teaching in such a hostile, finger-pointing climate.

    March 6, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  140. Rick

    Makes sense, higher education costs and when you get a degree you earn a little bit better than minimum wage. That is until you start to pay off your tuition, then you are making less than minimum wage. Get used to living with mom and dad for a very long time.

    March 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  141. Barbara Sudick

    Concerning Betty Nguyen’s report on students across the country protesting education funding cuts with CNN’s Education Correspondent Steve Perry:

    As one of 44,000 faculty and staff of the California State University (CSU) system who have taken a two-day per month furlough (the equivalent of about a 10 percent pay reduction) for the 2009-10 academic year, I find Steve Perry’s report about who is to blame for the current nationwide crisis in education offensive. Identifying us as the very individuals who are at the “root of the problem,” calling us irresponsible, and saying that we have to “man up,” stop taking raises, and demanding salaries that schools can’t afford is ridiculous.

    The dedicated employees of the CSU chose to take furloughs. We did so to
    1. To serve as many students as possible without sacrificing quality; and
    2. To preserve as many jobs as possible within the constraints under which the CSU is being required to operate.

    Yes, we are the very ones out there protesting alongside the students. We are also the ones taking the responsibility for their education and actually stepping up to do something to help address the budget shortfall.

    As CNN’s education correspondent, you need to do your homework and get your facts straight before you wag your finger and start assigning blame. Maybe you should also consider giving back 10% of your pay to support education.

    Barbara Sudick
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Chico

    March 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  142. Disgruntled CSUSB Professor

    I just watched Steve Perry discuss how the problem with education funding is educators continuing to receive raises when we are in a recession, and I am furious. Mr Perry needs to get his facts straight – or not speak generally about educators in K-12 and California Universities as if the situation is the same for both. I have no idea what is going on in elementary education, but Cal State University Faculty have NOT been receiving raises for several years. From 2003 to 2006 there were no raises. This year, the CSUSB faculty have been furloghed and taken a 10% pay cut. Our class sizes have increased and our faculty have decreased. Cal State University Professors with PHD's are among the worst paid in the country. So don't tell us that we need to give up more for students, when we can't even afford a middle class lifestyle.

    March 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  143. Faye Thompson

    It bought tears to my eyes to see students and teachers taking a stand to say we've had enough. In regards to Don Lemmon's interview with Steve Perry; I disagree with Steve's notion that educators should accept less in light of today's economic conditions. How can you expect educators to accomplish more with less? How do you justify not having enough money to support education in this country, and still find billions of dollars to fight wars and bailout Wall Street? Why weren't Wall Street Bankers told to give up their million dollar bonuses in lieu of their failed contributions to our economic crisis? It's sad today to hear our leaders like Perry and Obama scapegoating student education and Educators, those who are truly suffering at the expense of the greed of the Wealthy in this country.

    March 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  144. George Williams

    Why are these students upset about paying for something (their education)? Oh, yeah......they want to go there to be indoctrinated by deranged liberal professors who will let them know that everything kids want should be free. (Many students will lose this mentality once they finish paying off student loans and become taxpayers.)

    All public education is a monopolistic system that operates mainly for the benefit of teachers (public schools) and professors (government supported colleges/universities) who are overpaid when measured by their results.

    Teachers, professors and administrators in public systems think they should not take the heat that they are responsible for creating which has resulted in the destructive onslaught of marxism and economic failure that is unprecedented in the 230 years of this once great nation. I'm sick of driving through the school faculty parking lot, thinking I'm at a Mercedes/Lexus dealership. It's more than outrageous. Unfortunately, many American people are too thick to understand what is going on.

    Most liberal arts and other non-technical education is costly indoctrination.

    March 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  145. George Williams

    Mr. Perry has the guts to tell the truth about greedy "educators."
    They have stolen enough from the taxpayers in dollars as well as freedom of choice, with their marxist monopoly.

    Americans take too long to wake up. What can we expect. Most of them have gone through the same system of indoctrination and have had their brains twisted by liberalism, which is a serious mental disorder.

    March 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  146. Janine Barber

    Steve Perry has it all wrong. Don't blame faculty and yearly increases. Those small increases are eaten up and then some by the rising costs of health insurance each year. You want blame? Blame the rising costs of health care. As an educator, my take home pay goes down each year, WITH a slight salary increase due to the rising costs of health insurance premiums.

    March 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  147. teresa anderson

    our priorities are all out of whack. but, i could go on forever about that. Education: too many administrators doing nothing that helps students learn. at the college/university level, i've thought for a long time that taxpayers who support state schools would die if they knew what the professors really do. we need a complete overhaul. if we don't have the money to support the current system, we need to change it. have the professors spend more time teaching and less time writing arcane articles that are meaningless. there are way too many publications in the business schools that are useless. also, don't let the professors consult on school time. make them work for the salaries. and, again, examine what the administrators do...and why do university presidents need the exhorbitant salaries...sure, when the money is flowing, great. but who thinks they deserve millions when they cannot cut costs enough to make education affordable.

    March 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  148. Renee

    You won't attract the "talented" people to the classrooms if you expect them to live like paupers and work 45-60 hours a week. They may start in the classroom, but they won't stay long. They will choose professions where their talents are financially recognized.
    Teachers are the only professionals who are bashed for what they are paid. No one questions lawyers, police officers, nurses, doctors, accountants for what they make. We work just as hard as they do, but our union is villified for the contracts they negotiate on our behalf. Before you bash our job and our union, come in a teach for a week, by yourself, buy your own materials, and LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND....Oh, and do it all on $35,000 per year, if you have a master's degree.

    March 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  149. Lisa

    I am sick of people saying teachers should be taking cuts. After 5 yrs of no pay raise we finally got a small raise about 3 yrs ago, and most of us teachers use our own money to enhance the curriculum, sometimes spending more than 1,000 a yr. What other profession uses their own money to make it better? And not to mention teaching is so much harder than when I started 19 yrs. ago.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  150. Anna

    CNN, wake up!!!! Have you seen the comments from educators about Steve Perry's Saturday morning interview? Steve Perry did not do his homework. It is clear from the many comments left by college faculty that Perry is flat mistaken. That he misled the many people watching the segment is sad. Most of us in higher education are already receiving pay cuts or have frozen salaries. Talented people used to aspire to the college teaching profession. I am advising my children to stay away from it. Tenured, secure positions are dropping in number, as part-time instructors are hired and fired at will. Salaries are low, and hours are long. After going to school for three degrees, including the Ph.D., and spending as many hours preparing for my career as does a physician, I do not think earning $60,000 (my approximate salary after thirty years) is even close to greedy. And as I said before, I haven't received a pay raise in three years. The reasons for increased tuition are, in no way, caused by faculty salaries.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  151. Telluride Independent

    Sad and obvious...just copy the successful charter and private school model for these failing public/union institutions. Fire them all and start again !!! It's broken !!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  152. Timothy Ruess

    Cause and effect.....

    The cause; giant tax cuts by the previous administration and the added tax breaks and cuts given by the states to corporate entities and fat cats.

    The effect: no money for basic government services.

    How hard is this to understand?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  153. Renee Alexander

    WOW, How is it that we can close schools, cut teachers salaries, and have no funding for students' needs BUT we always have money for wars and conflicts overseas. Where are our priorities???

    March 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  154. carmen

    The cost of education within the communities should be based on the number of children within each home. Regardless of if enrolled in private or parochial, the negative costs should be guaranteed to the public sector. Government funding should also be linked to these guaranteed
    enrollment figures. The base of funding should be controlled by the populous and not left to a vote. Guaranteed funding to education not subject to the popular vote. Education is as mandatory as taxes.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  155. Virginia

    Education and money are not mutually exclusive. When money is the compelling goal – quality often diminishes as the job security created by teachers unions goes up. When education is the compelling goal – people become educated because of inner passion for learning and/or teaching. I.e. Personal responsibility and self-reliance have a way of inspiring learning.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  156. Arne Roy Jorgensen

    Schools
    Tony,

    Education for everyone is one of the most important programs for our countries future and it is about time that our legislators address the problem of redirecting the funding so all schools provide a fair educational program for everyone.

    Basing school funding on local real estate taxes is only a means of discrimination and denying others that may have the desire to get ahead. Redistributing tax money to schools is the way to go.

    If you ever read ”Three Cups of Tea”, you will see that it does not take a great deal of money to provide education where there is desire to be educated.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  157. Tom C

    Make parents pay more in tuition, books and sports fees. Maybe if they have an investment, they will take more responsibility in the process. It has worked for decades in the Catholic Schools and other porocial schools. This needs to happen now, even though most public school parents and teachers will whine about it!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  158. Dave

    They need to protest at the college or university administration offices. These institutions are run like there is an endless pit of money and a lot of the garbage offered on campus is meaningless. Professors work few hours and are paid very well. They beg state governments for money and raise tuitions every year. They need to budget also. That's the problem, I know, I've been there.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  159. Tom C

    Renee, $35,000 per year is not bad for a part-time job (i.e. 38 week/year job).

    March 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  160. joan doyle

    tony,I have a question? pes. Obama,says that we should have a health plan similiar to the congress's health plan,Can you tell me what their plan is and how is it better.orwhere can I get this information for comparision.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  161. Stefan Hall

    When I see a response by a person like Tom C directed towards Renee – basically she should be happy with $35,000 a year because she "only" works 38 weeks per year (never mind the actual number of hours per week), i.e., the old myth that teachers get their summers off like a giant vacation – I can only help but think of people like Tom C as WOEFULLY IGNORANT of what goes on behind the scenes in teaching, and how the summers are usually devoted to working on lesson plans, changing syllabi and classroom activities to provide the students with the most recent information and best teaching practices, going to classes as part of continuing education to keep certification current, and dealing with all the bureaucratic paperwork that comes with teaching.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  162. David R Miller

    Tony and all the cnn members the school systems here in the United States of America always suck, teachers pick and choses who will pass and who will not pass and the student has no choice ( k-12 grade). If a school dictrict is falling behind they figure out that if they put a child in sld classes it won't effect the bottom line so they can still rake in thier fed and state money for education costs , the school distrit that I live in is not fully useing the money correctly in others words cooking up the books so they look good, also there was and incenident that happen at Newark High School With an I.E.P(SLD) teacher tackleing a I.E.P student to the ground for nothing!!!!!since when is it ok to hurt children nomatter what their disabitlys are. I was in broward county schools it happen their , and now i live in the central ohio area and it happens here so i figuare it happens every where. 12 graders should be told ,(do you want to be a teacher for money or to teach students the right way so they can learn RIGHT!!!!!!!! sorry one more thing the teacher that tackle that stundent 1 year supended and after that she can work in that same district again come on (are the unions really helping out or are they causeing the problem thank you for listening to me your loud mouth friend Mr. David R Miller

    March 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  163. Roxanne

    Is Europe going through the same process when it comes to budget cuts? It really does not matter that fewer and fewer people will have a degree in this country?This is so sad...is unbelivable that they paid from that stimulus all kinds of "snakes" and the solution for education is closing schools,cancelling classes and laying off teachers......it remains a big dilemma if i will be able to finish my college on time since the unexpected might happen in any moment...like cancelled classes or or no teachers.....

    March 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  164. james Barham

    ATTENTION TONY HARRIS..ATTENTION
    CLOSING OF SCHOOLS IN KANSAS AS WELL AS OTHER STATES

    We can continue to sit here and play politics and bicker back and forth while our children and their educational future are being toss causually to the sideline or we can begin to offer concerete , viable , tangible solution to the crisis.the school system need money not word or finger pointing.....The solutions is simple, refuce funding for correctional facilities and take that funds and apply it to our nation children, as it is a well documented fact that it is more economical to educate than to incarcerate. For well over twenty years we have been constantly increasing funding for prison while at the very same time reducing funding for education, this has transpired in-spie of overwhelming evinence that there have been an decrese in violent crimes. also why not raise taxes on fast food, cigaretttes, gas, and alcohol , although most american are agains increase taxes, I am virtually certain that no one would really object to paying a few pennies more if they knew for a fact that the funds was being set aside exclusively for the purpose of educating our children, saving thier school and retaining our nation educators......The funds and solutions are right here in front of us, all we have to do is view everything in retrospect to what is best for our childrens. and thier future....also what is the problem with tapping into the revenues from the lotteries, casinos, and river boats gamblings? once again the funds are there so why not simply tap into it for the sake of our children? whenever we need a new sport arena, they are ble to find the funds so why not use that same energy to save our nations schools ? The time for talking and finger pointing is most certainly over, if we are not will to take a stand, fight and go to war for our children and their future , then please tell me ...who will??????????...
    take care and god bless our children, as you do to the lease you do it unto him

    March 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  165. Andy

    Too much Govenment, Our children arent getting taught the basics of life. When God is absent from schools chaos happens.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  166. Tim Raper

    I have a two-fold plan that will reduce school expenses without sacrificing education. First off reduce the number of teachers to fit this plan, which the first yr is not a big savings but a major savings in following years. Place 52 inch monitors in each classroom with a mic . Let one teacher teach all grades without overcrowding classrooms and hire para-pros at a lower rate to assist teachers in helping the students. The class is broadcast from one classroom into all classrooms of that grade level. questions can be asked by all students no matter which room. Plus you have assisstants to help the children. Now you save money on staff. Three teachers at 45000 apiece vs one teacher at 60000 and three para-pros at 15000 and here's the difference. 135000 per year vs. 105000 per year for one grade with 3 classes. This actually gives you one additional staff member you didnt have. Then you add one hour to the school day and reduce to 4 days a week. This saves on bus usage, heating and cooling, and school lunches. This should reduce school district costs tremendously.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  167. D Evans

    I totally agree with the school districts cut backs. Tell me what other occupation can produce a product that does not meet suggested standards year after year and still they want to be given a raise? Perhaps teachers should be evaluated as the rest of the world and based on what they produced. Students can't read, can't write, can't spell, can't do math, and many have no idea about geography or social science. Teachers work 180 hours a year and get paid for what many work all year round for. They get paid if they stay after school to help a student with ANYTHING, while with other occupations, it's just expected. I think the marketing of teachers need to be looked at and a reality check done and salaries/benefits adjusted accordingly.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  168. Tim Raper

    someone said 35000 is not bad for a part-time job. it may be only 10 months in the class room but its more than full time. Most teachers have to be there 7:30 to 4:00 on school days. This alone is full time for ten months . Then add 2 hours a day at home doing planning and grading on average. Thats an hour for planning and an hour for grading. that is 10 minutes per subject per day to plan and 10 minutes per subject to grade. Now that does not include the time to go post these grades on the new online report cards mandated by most schools. Now add after school parent-teacher meetings. Then add school mandated pto meetings. Then add the summer training time of 2 weeks. If you look at all this I think you will find teachers work more hours than most full time employees in other fields.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  169. Kevin Ervin

    The cost to education will cost more than money an older problem has occoured to me in all the schools closed in my town they have forgotton that there are under ground civil defence bunckers under these schools for tornado or other civil defence matters these schools that are now closed pose a threat in my community. members having no where to go when and if these emergy occurs! please take a look at this as my community saftey hangs in the balance
    Thank You:
    Swervin

    March 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  170. Ron Livingston

    Hey Tony, Just saw you on TV talking about all students across the country using the same text books and taking the same test. I taught in Detroit Public Schools for 35.5 yrs. So I can tell you first hand; until we have "Standardized Students" using Standardized Tests and Texts is the worse possible scenario. Furthermore, we will never be able to "standardize" our students until they all have equal opportunities and their parents have equal income and educational backgrounds. The so called experts who have been tooting this idea for decades never spent any time in the real world, they are too far removed from the difficulties that inner city kids must endure on a daily basis.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  171. Herb

    The public education system is, and has been, broken for decades. It is a monopolistic system that has eroded the freedom of choice for parents who want the best education for their children.

    Taxpayers and children are victims of the socialization of education, i.e. Federal Dept. of Education, teachers' unions, municipal unions, etc. Public schools do NOTHING to help develop the CHARACTER of students. They blame parents for this problem, when the public schools for the majority of waking hours have children under their (lack of) control without maintaining proper authority when dealing with behavorial problems. Declining moral values and the resulting harm done to children at the critical age of development are of no concern to public school staff.

    The majority of teachers and administrators (like the vast majority of all government employees) are in their position for the purpose of money, benefits, and a job you can't be fired from no matter what you do. On an hourly basis they are grossly overpaid. (Is this a school parking lot or are we at the Mercedes/Lexus dealer lot??) The teachers, in turn, indoctrinate the children to prepare them for their future learning from marxist university professors, who help build the blocks for the tyrannical future we are now watching come over the hill.

    The drones of America are LOST. All you have to do to get them to vote yea on the bloated school budgets is say "it's all for OUR
    CHILLLLLL.....DREN......." This "politically correct" phrase uttered by misfits has intimidated parents and some taxpayers for years.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  172. AJ Jordat

    Anyone know of protests scheduled in Florida? I am a 3rd year student at Florida Atlantic University, and this year tuition spiked by 15%. Perhaps a reasonable amount of money in comparrison to other institutions. However, I, as well as many others, are concerned that with our new President elect, new administration and a rising Division 1 sports program (which I feel is important in terms of school name recognition in terms of marketing of future students and re-connecting with alumni.), that our rates will see increases of 25% or more in the very near future.

    AJ

    March 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  173. Bill m

    I think that all the cuts should start at the top.
    How about school districts cut those expensive consultant salaries.
    I know in L.A. unified they make up to $100,000 a year consulting.
    Second, Idea is to let the schools break out of contracts for supplies and go get the cheapest and best deal on paper, books, pens, and even smart boards, and computers. A small example of waste is, I know of two school districts that are paying up to $100 a case (10 reams) of copy paper, which should cost about $40 and they can't buy it anywhere else because of their contracts. I have so many thoughts on this but so little space to write.

    Waste is waste, it adds up, and it is hurting everyone.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  174. Charles King

    I believe that the root of the problem should be addressed. I am not a teacher, but I don't believe they should be held 100% accountable for the actions of the students not paying attention or completing their work. We have to face facts that parents aren't what they used to be. A lot of parents are concerned more about being their child's friend, than actually being their parents. Think about all the good that can come from Child Protective Services not butting into families that do not have abuse issues. They have this misconception about children being abused, when a lot of times, the children are being disciplined. This sets up fear in other parents, making them feel like they are helpless, and their children can do whatever they want. Then it continues in the school, when kids don't know how to act, and cause disruptions for everyone.

    The budget needs to be fixed. I totally agree with that. Why stop there? Lets put the responsibility back in the hands of parents to raise their children right, and not harass them for doing the right thing. If kids cannot respect rules at home, they will not do anywhere else.

    March 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  175. Herb

    Charles King,

    Very well stated. Liberalism is the root cause of most problems in our once great nation, including the public federal education monopoly that denies families the freedom to choose a quality education that can be provided by private schooling.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  176. Paul

    Hey A. Smith!!! Both Republicans AND Democrats are responsible for wasting our money!!! WE NEED A THIRD PARTY with some good leaders who actually care about the common good. THAT means providing a good life and future for the American people! Not promoting their own beliefs or of those who contribute to their campaigns!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  177. Charlotte Omoto

    A great majority of state universities receive less than 30% of their budget from the state, and ~25-30% of their budget from tuition. At my institution, the state cut their portion of our budget by 10% but the tuition was increased 14%. These together means no change in the total budget, but the institution is using the well publicized state budget woes to cut programs and laying off people.

    March 15, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  178. Tara

    As an "Online & Correspondence College Student" I can state that this is the wave of the future. Not only have I cut down on gas and other travel expenses I have been able to obtain a quality education without leaving my office or home.

    Why would I go to a 2-year community college when I can attend an online college save 50% to 65% on tuition and get the exact same degree that employers want.?

    It is the fault of the college and/or university that has not tapped into the online educational market and now cry because they need money. Raising tuition will just turn more students like me towards an online program elsewhere.

    Basically your 4 year brick and mortar school that you paid 100k for – I got the exact same degree, spent less money on gas, and only paid 35k. Not only that I am in the medical field and already have employment prior to even graduating my Masters program all because my online school was able to help me obtain prior placement that an university would never have done.

    March 15, 2010 at 11:27 am |