March 14th marks the 4th annual Spring National Day of Action for Education Rights. UNC SDS stands in solidarity with other SDS chapters across the nation today in protest of tuition hikes and budget cuts. We believe education is a right and something worth fighting for.
Governor Pat McCrory and his Deputy Budget Director Art Pope will soon be releasing their new budget, with promises of cuts in the public sector. Budget cuts affect everyone, and students are no exception.
Lower funding for higher education means raising tuition rates. Higher tuition rates makes education at the college and university level unaccessable for many people. Students must take on more and more debt. This disproportionately affects low income students and students of color.
Comments from Governor McCrory in February indicate our state’s view of higher education as some sort of job factory. Liberal arts programs such as Women’s and Gender Studies or African American Studies are clearly not valued in this climate.
Undocumented students in North Carlina currently have to pay out of state tuition in order to attend universities. This makes higher education unaffordable for many people.
We believe education is a right. North Carolina needs to prioritize funding for its public universities to ensure that they are accessable and affordable to all students.
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