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We need education funding reform

Posted: October 30, 2009 10:07 p.m.
Updated: October 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I am writing this to raise awareness of a situation that is going on right under our noses that most of us are too blind to see.

Our public education system is flawed. Not only flawed, but it is failing.

As a college student, I know the struggle that students face to find classes. I know how much the increases in fees hurt my wallet.

I know what it is like to pay more for less of an education.   

I see teachers getting laid off, and others are getting their pay cut through “furloughs.”

I know that something needs to be done about this.

There is an assembly bill out right now that we need to push to get passed. It is AB656. This bill, which was proposed earlier this year, proposes placing a 9.9 percent tax on oil companies, and putting those profits toward education.

California is the only oil-producing state that is not taxing big oil companies. In Texas, they have been running their education system like this for more than 100 years.

I urge all who read this to make your voice heard. Let our local representatives (and whoever is running) know we as a society value education.

Let your friends and family know how horrendous the higher education system has gotten. We simply cannot let our education continue to be pushed to the wayside any longer.

After all, that is our future, right?

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