Category Archives: Rally

Website with info and resources for student organizing against budget cuts

[I posted this yesterday, but am updating it with a live link–and since I figured out how to link the blog to Facebook, I wanted the post to go there too.  –Seth]

For further information
Contact: Kevin P. Kodish (800-932-0587, ext. 3020)

For immediate release
Monday, March 14, 2011

Website Launched to Assist Students
in the Fight Against State Budget Cuts

HARRISBURG – The president of the organization representing the 6,000 faculty members and coaches at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities today announced that a new website has been established in order to provide a vehicle for Pennsylvania students to fight against Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed 54 percent cut to Pennsylvania’s publically owned universities.

“Students should visit in order to acquire information about the budget cuts which could lead to massive tuition increases,” State APSCUF President, Dr. Steve Hicks said. “We encourage everyone to visit, call, or write the members of the General Assembly as we work our way through the budget process.”

The potentially fatal cuts would reduce the state support for the system to 1983 funding levels. When the State System was created, student tuition accounted for less than one-third of the universities’ budgets, but because of steadily declining state support, tuition revenue now accounts for over two-thirds of the budget.

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Rally today, March 14, on the Quad at WCU!

See below for details.  The announcement was posted on Facebook over the weekend; for the record, and much to my pleasure, this is a student-initiated and organized event.  –Seth


On Tuesday March 8th PA Governor Corbett announced his new budget plans. In the new budget he plans to cut funding for higher education by 50%!

At West Chester University we have already seen an increase in tuition for the past three semesters. West Chester University has already made serious cuts to our education. For those of us who value our teachers and the affordability of our education this budget is a slap in the face. We have to take a stand together for the future of Pennsylvania. We cannot win the future if our public education system is continuing to take a shellacking by this Governor and by Governors around the country.

We need to take a stand against this attack on our future!

We are asking for students, faculty and other University workers to join together on the Quad at 3PM to speak out against these cuts and share your own stories of the effects that you have already experienced and will experience if this budget passes.

Please invite your fellow students and co-workers!



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