Friday, April 24, 2009

Whats in the ed system

So what's in the educational setting?

Now I know that New York State spends much of its budget on education, and that there may be a need to cut back on some of the spending in order to bring up the state budget. However, why does this manifest itself in a tuition increase for SUNY students. As old of news as this may well be, it still is a hot topic.

It seems a little bit like Governor Paterson is trying to mask a "tax" on education in the increase; especially seeing as how the SUNY system is not even raking in half of this new funding. For many students, it is hard enough as it is to pay for schooling, nut this is probably a separate issue.

So why call it a tuition increase? Unless you really feed into coverage on the situation, you may think that the tax increase on tobacco is primarily for health concerns, but it is probably more likely to increase federal funding; although the state legislature does not put up a front as to the reason here. The tax they wanted to put on meats and regular sodas (rather than diet)? Purely for the state. But you would never know that just by hearing that prices go up.

These days, it is important to distinguish between what legislature says and what they mean; although it is also equally important to understand why the legislature says what it says and does what it does. As moronic as half of legislative decisions regarding money seem, the "tax" on SUNY education actually has nothing to do with punishing higher education students for a recession they did not cause.

And there are decisions that should help students (not just those in the SUNY system) in the near future. President Obama recently attempted a bill to give more money to students in the form of increase in Pell Grants, money in exchange for community service, and other means of solution. To the student: there is no right and wrong way in legislature--just a bunch of different ways that a bunch of higher ed. graduates have to spend hours at a desk sifting though mountains of documents to decide between.

Although, the less legislation and bureaucaracy (by that I mean paper and ink) we have, the more trees we save and the better we can keep the planet preserved until the end of time. But that is a story for another time.

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