The Nation: Protesting For Education With the economy struggling to recover, funding for public higher education has taken an inevitable hit. But across the country, students are saying: Think twice before depriving us, and your state, of our futures.
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The Nation: Protesting For Education

UCLA students and supporters protest budget cuts. Students from other UC campuses, have gathered to try to dissuade the board from approving the proposed increase. Massive cuts to balance the state budget have squeezed education funds in California. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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UCLA students and supporters protest budget cuts. Students from other UC campuses, have gathered to try to dissuade the board from approving the proposed increase. Massive cuts to balance the state budget have squeezed education funds in California.

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With the economy struggling to recover, funding for public higher education has taken an inevitable hit. To close billion-dollar gaps in statewide funding, governors have asked their university systems to cut their budgets, causing ripple effects detrimental to students' lives. All options are on the table--tuition hikes, furloughs, job cuts, eliminating majors, eliminating student programs--and all options mean less money for education and less investment in students. In the slideshow that follows, The Nation offers a window into some of the states making those calls--and the student response. In Washington state, students are seeing double-digit tuition increases. In Nevada, students are petitioning the legislature to prevent financial exigency. In Minnesota, students are seeing their protests make actual change. Around the country, be it a protest or a walk out, the argument is the same: Think twice before depriving us, and your state, of our futures.

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