The state of California imposed statewide budget cuts amassing to $813 million that would affect the higher education system, namely the University of California (UC) campuses.
These deficits could spell a harsh reality in the long term, as it reduces educational opportunities for lower earning families. More importantly, it would hamper President Barack Obama’s goal of having the United States be the world’s leader in college education.
The resulting pay cuts and furloughs could possibly deter the “academic geniuses” of this nation from teaching at the public universities, impeding the fostering of technological and scientific innovators in California.
For the many of us who are applying to colleges soon and those already enrolled in the public schooling system, the UC option is important – larger student populations, appealing locations, a bigger atmosphere.
There are other avenues of which the state can earn more money namely by enforcing illegal immigrant benefits, imposing severance taxes on the oil companies, and closing the numerous tax loopholes prevalent in California.
In a society thriving for competition and self-improvement, why are cuts being made to diminish the quality of education for the future societal contributors of this nation?
There are many doubts to the public system, especially with the new budget plans – will the individual needs of each student be addressed? Will the books and materials be up-to-par with the ever dynamic nature of advancement and changed?
The reduced spending in the UC school system directly involves, among other things, reduced admissions, larger class sizes, fewer class options, higher tuitions, and a denser teacher to student ratio.
When all is said and done, a looming question remains – How will the future of this nation be affected?
This opinion was written by Leslie Wu. The views of this author do not represent the views of the Temple City Voice or its staff. It was published on September 18, 2009.