As soon as details about budget cuts affecting education in the state (K-12 funding to be cut by $ 900 million, state university funding by $243 million) became known, the voices calling for such short-sighted actions have begun growing.
I write about this not just to track how social media is being used to bring people together for a common cause. I have a personal stake in this. I work at Arizona State University, one of the three universities that will be forced to take drastic steps (massive layoffs and astronomical tuition increases) if these cuts go through.
Personal stake #2: My son is a freshman at Northern Arizona University and I would not want to see Arizona dumbing down its education even further.
This is serious stuff folks.
See how they have responded:
- University of Arizona – State needs to protect universities if aspiring to escape mediocrity
- Northern Arizona University – cuts “will delay economic recovery …for years to come“
- Arizona State University – How the cuts will hurt families and impact the state GDP