Education cuts mean more college expenses

Feb. 4, 2011 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 4, 2011 at 8:05 p.m.

Editor, Victoria Advocate

Thanks to the Advocate for endorsing adequate funding for our colleges and universities; Texas is already at a disadvantage in the number of college-educated people entering our workforce.

Other states have made education a priority, and are providing the public funds necessary to ensure their goals are met. Those states are our competitors.

Expenses for our local college and university not met by the state will fall back on our community to provide. Our local institutions are doing what they can. Salaries have been frozen, and positions go unfilled. These and other measures are temporary. They cannot be sustained over the long run.

If adequate funding is not provided, institutions are faced with two choices: They can eliminate programs, or they can raise tuition. Fewer class offerings mean fewer students and less revenue. Worse, fewer students are educated.

The same outcome results from raised tuition. Fewer students can afford to attend.

As citizens, we must put our money where our mouth is. If we truly value educating our children, we must provide the funds to do so equitably and well. We will get nothing better than we are willing to afford.

Mitzie Stewart Victoria



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