WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Power Breakfast: Schools Against Tuition Hikes

Play associated audio

"There's about 350 here...representing very large numbers of students back in their states," says Lidsay McCluskey, president of the United States Student Association.

Today the group is wrapping up its annual grassroots legislative conference, where the number one concern on people's minds is:

"The severe increases in cost of public colleges and universities that we're expecting due to state budget cuts," McCulskey says.

They want to draw some attention to this, especially as Congress negotiates proposed cuts to federal student aid programs like Pell grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.

"At a time when students are being so hard-hit at the state level we're really here to call on our federally elected officials to preserve higher education funding in the federal budget - both in this year's CR and in the FY 2012 budget," she says.

The walls of the ivory tower have not shielded students from the harsh reality that money's tight. And that in the current fiscal environment, education is hardly the only thing on the list of the worthy-yet-vulnerable.

"It's not our job to balance the budget; it's the job of our elected officials to do that," McCluskey says. "However, we do have serious concerns about how the budget is prioritized right now... Clearly, we believe that investments in education are extremely strategic both for our economy and for our democracy, so we think they need to be getting a bigger piece of the pie."

The students plan to be at Upper Senate Park across from the Capitol by 10am for a rally. Then they're off to lobby their elected officials. Or staffers, to be precise. Congress' calendar came out after this year's legislative conference was booked.

WAMU 88.5

Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

NPR

5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
WAMU 88.5

The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

WAMU 88.5

The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.